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The 10 highest grossing animated movies of all time

The 10 highest grossing animated movies of all time

Monday 30 January 2023 at 14:00, by Martin Macdonald
The 10 highest grossing animated movies of all time

Film studios like animated movies more than any other because they are available for anyone to watch, while entire families often head to the cinema together to purchase tickets at the same time.

That means, if an animated movie hits the right note, it can becoming a money-making goliath.

Officially, the highest grossing animated movie of all time is the remake of The Lion King, which was released in 2019. Interestingly, the movie was called a 'live action' reboot by some at the time, but it is definitely animated, albeit by computer graphics this time, and it is definitely a monster hit, earning $1,657,713,459 at the box office.

Two movies within the same franchise are in second and third, with Frozen and Frozen II respectively which earned Disney a combined $2,740,026,933.

Pixar, as you would expect, is healthily represented in the top 10 with Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4, Toy Story 3 and Finding Dory.

Rather interestingly, there is only one movie in the top 10 that is not part of a franchise and that is 2016's Zootopia.

All of the top 10 highest grossing animated movies of all time have been released within the last decade.

They are all also computer generated. When looking at clasically animated movies, the highest-grossing is the original Lion King.

Highest-grossing animated movies

Movie Worldwide Box Office Year of Release
The Lion King   $1,657,713,459 2019
Frozen II   $1,450,026,933 2019
Frozen   $1,290,000,000 2013
Incredibles 2   $1,242,805,359 2018
Minions   $1,159,398,397 2015
Toy Story 4   $1,073,394,593 2019
Toy Story 3   $1,066,973,008 2010
Zootopia   $1,042,533,689 2016
Despicable Me 3   $1,034,799,409 2017
Finding Dory   $1,028,570,889 2016

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