This week saw ‘How to Train your Dragon 2” gross a staggering $500million at the global box office, cementing itself as the most successful animated venture of 2014 so far. The sequel to the widely popular, ‘How to Train your Dragon’ surpassed Rio 2’s $494.1 million takings and it is still showing in cinemas, having only opened in Italy this weekend. With the animated genre becoming ever more popular and successful we’ve decided to take a look back at the most successful animated films of all time.
Shrek Forever After (2010) $752.600,867
This fourth instalment in the ever popular Shrek franchise sees Shrek come up against Rumplestilskin who tricks him into erasing himself from existence. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film remained number one in the US and Canada for three consecutive weeks, and with its staggering global takings of over 750 million places itself firmly as number 10 on our list
Shrek the Third (2007) $798,958,162
At number nine we once again find our favourite green ogre and friends. When his father in law suddenly dies, Shrek is faced with the daunting task of ruling far far away. Horrified at the thought of having to be king Shrek goes of in search of another heir. Similar to ‘Shrek Forever After’ the film received mixed reviews from critics but went on to gross over 790 million dollars making it a commercial success.
Ice Age; Continental Drift (2012) $877,244,782
The fourth instalment in the Ice Age franchise, Ice Age; Continental Drift was the highest grossing film of 2012. The film received mixed reviews as some critics felt it simply recycled plot lines from the previous films. Many people seemed to disagree as the film was still able to gross over 850 million and place itself as the 8th most popular animated film of all time.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) $886,686,817
Continuing the trend of dominating sequels, taking the number 7 spot is the third Ice Age film , ‘Dawn of the Dinosaurs.’ Sid is kidnapped by a tyrannosaurs rex, Ellie and Manny are expecting their first child and Dieago fears he is losing his predatory tiger nature. Similar to the other sequel films it was given mixed reviews by critics but it appears that cinema-goers remain loyal to their favourite franchises and this is enough to get them buying tickets, judging by the global takings for this film.
Shrek 2 (2004) $919,838,758
Shrek dominates the top 10 with yet another sequel from the franchise appearing. Shrek 2 was the highest grossing film of 2004 and received positive reviews from critics. Follow up to the original ‘Shrek’ in 2001 it is Dreamworks most successful film to date.
Finding Nemo (2003) $936,743, 261
At the halfway point of our list we find the academy award winning, ‘Finding Nemo’. When over-protective clownfish Marlin’s young son Nemo is kidnapped he must embark on a journey throughout the ocean to rescue him. His journey takes him all the way to Sydney and he makes a new friend along the way, a forgetful and ever chatty Regal Tang named Dory. Finding Nemo was the most popular selling DVD of all time with over 40 million copies sold worldwide. A spin-off film named ‘Finding Dory’ is set to be released in 2015 and based on the runaway success of Finding Nemo expectations will be high.
Despicable Me 2 (2013) $970,761,885
The follow up to the widely successful ‘Despicable Me’ about an evil villain named Gru, Dispicabele Me 2 the sees the return of Gru, his girls and his trusted minions. In an interesting twist on the first film Gru find himself trying to save rather than destroy the world after being recruited by the anti-villain league.
The Lion King (1994) $987,483,777
The oldest film included on the list and the highest grossing hand-drawn animation of all time, ‘The Lion King’ claims the number three spot. A defining feature in many of our childhoods the classic tale also gained academy awards for achievement in music. It temporarily dropped down the list but after its 3D re-release it proved it is still a firm family favourite being surpassed only by Toy Story 3 and Frozen.
Toy Story 3 (2010) $1,063,171,91
Released 15 years after the original Toy Story 3 was highly anticipated by a generation and won awards for Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature. The plot focuses on the toys and their uncertain fate as the now 17 year old Andy prepares to leave for university. Toy Story 3 held the record for most successful animated release until 2013 when it was overtaken by Disney’s musical offering Frozen.
Frozen (2013) $1,274,219,009
This multi award winning offering from Disney broke all kinds of records to take the number one spot as the most successful animated film of all time. The original story turns the traditional Disney archetype on its head, with the female leads empowering themselves and no longer relying on the ‘male hero’ to rescue them. With catchy songs and loveable characters Frozen dominated the award ceremonies winning the Golden Globe for, ‘Best Animated Feature Film’, two Academy Awards for ‘Best Animated Feature and ‘Best Original Song’ for ‘Let it Go,’ the BAFTA award for ‘Best Animated Film,’ five Annie Awards including Best Animated feature and two Critics Choice Awards for ‘Best Animated feature’ and ‘Best Original Song.’