30 Highest Grossing Animated Movies of All Time Worldwide

Cartoon characters that cleaned up at the global box office, from “The Lion King” to “Incredibles 2”


A look at top animated moneymakers as of May 2020, from “The Lion King” to “Zootopia.” The numbers are not adjusted for inflation.

30. “The Incredibles” (2004) Worldwide Gross: $633,019,734 In 2004, Brad Bird’s first Pixar outing wowed audiences with complicated animated action scenes, cross-generational comedy and superhero mayhem.

29. “Sing” (2016)  Worldwide Gross: $634,151,679  Illumination’s animal-karaoke musical crooned its way onto the list.  

28. “Moana” (2016) Worldwide Gross: $643,331,111  Disney’s Hawaii-set movie scored two Oscar nominations, for Best Animated Feature and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s song “How Far I’ll Go.” 

27. “Big Hero 6” (2014) Worldwide Gross: $657,818,612  Disney’s 2014 robot tale combined anime aesthetics, superhero action and Pixar’s heart. 

26. “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006) Worldwide Gross: $660,940,780Fox’s 2006 prehistoric romp proved the success of the first was no fluke. 

25. “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011) Worldwide Gross: $665,692,281With the franchise’s skills proven, DreamWorks Animation gave the world another hit of comedy with this animated martial arts sequel in 2011. 

24. “Up” (2009) Worldwide Gross: $735,099,082The 2009 fan favorite demonstrated that original ideas with big emotions could make big money. 

23. “Monsters University” (2013) Worldwide Gross: $744,229,437Ten years after the release of “Monsters Inc,” Pixar sent fans back to school in a 2013 prequel.

22. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (2012) Worldwide Gross: $746,921,274DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” series kept the studio afloat with a string of breezy successes, including 2012’s third installment.

21. “Shrek Forever After” (2010) Worldwide Gross: $752,600,867The big green ogre’s final chapter dropped in 2010.    

20. “Shrek the Third” (2007) Worldwide Gross: $798,958,162Made  in 2007, this sequel proved there was still some gas left in this fantasy mash-up comedy franchise. 

19. “Coco” (2017) Worldwide Gross: $807,082,196 Directed by Lee Unkrich, this animated film captured everyone’s hearts and even won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2018.

18. “Inside Out” (2015) Worldwide Gross: $857,611,174Disney Pixar hit the home run again with this animated feature film about the emotions inside your head, starring Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader. 

17. “The Secret Life of Pets” (2016) Worldwide Gross:$875,457,937Universal/Illumination’s story of dogs seeking out adventure while their owners are away charmed its way onto the list.

16.  “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012) Worldwide Gross: $877,244,782Profits abound for this 2012 fourth installment in the chilly prehistoric franchise, followed just behind it’s predecessor.

15.”Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (2009) Worldwide Gross: $888,805,671 While other films have made bigger waves in the States, international sales have always returned big money for Fox’s “Ice Age” franchise, proven again by the 2009 entry. 

14. “Shrek 2” (2004) Worldwide Gross: $919,838,758DreamWorks Animation proved to be worthy Pixar competition with its successful “Shrek” franchise.

13. “Finding Nemo” (2003) Worldwide Gross: $940,335,536″Finding Nemo” was something of a second-wind for Pixar, solidifying the company’s place as the titans of modern animation. 

12. “The Lion King” (1994) Worldwide Gross: $968,483,777Can you feel the love tonight for this Disney animated classic?

11. “Despicable Me 2” (2013) Worldwide Gross:  $970,761,885Illumination’s sequel managed to make more money than its predecessor and put the upcoming “Minions” spin-off into motion.

10. “Zootopia” (2016) Worldwide Gross: $1,023,784,195Disney charmed audiences in 2016 with its cop thriller pairing a rookie rabbit cop and a wily fox informant.

9. “Finding Dory” (2016) Worldwide Gross: $1,028,570,889The sequel to “Finding Nemo” swam right back into audience’s hearts.

8. “Despicable Me 3” (2017) Worldwide Gross: $1,034,799,409Illumination’s follow-up — featuring Gru’s blond-haired brother — became the franchise’s biggest grosser. 

7. “Toy Story 3” (2010) Worldwide Gross: $1,066,969,703  Built on Pixar’s critical and commercial goodwill, the third installment in the mega-franchise brought in big profits.

6. “Toy Story 4” (2019)Worldwide Gross: $1,073,394,593  Nearly two decades after the last film, Woody and Buzz and the gang returned for the top-grossing film in the series (not adjusted for inflation, that is). 

5. “Minions” (2015) Worldwide Gross: $1,159,398,397The little yellow helpers crossed the $1 billion mark at the end of August, raking in more money then “Despicable Me” and “Despicable Me 2” for Universal Pictures. 

4. “Incredibles 2” (2018) Worldwide Gross: $1,242,805,359The superpowered family sprung back into action a full 14 years after the original — but far surpassed the original film’s box office haul.  

3. “Frozen” (2013) Worldwide Gross: $1,276,480,335Disney’s 2013 smash-hit takes the box office top spot. And then there was merchandising, video on demand and home video that audiences just couldn’t let go…

2. “Frozen II” (2019)  Worldwide Gross: $1,450,026,933  Though it failed to garner an Oscar nom for Best Animated Feature, this sequel still managed to outgross its predecessor.

1. The Lion King (2019)Worldwide Gross: $1,631,724,000Whether the film is animated or live-action has been up for debate, the new “Lion King” was computer animated, so we’re putting it on the list. 
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