Top 5 Money Earning Animated Films
I love animated movies, who doesn’t? From the ingenious storytelling of classic Disney movies to the countless innovations of Pixar, you’re never too old for an animated feature. History shows that sequels often make more green than the originals, as is evident by Shrek and Toy Story, making kids’ favorites the gifts that keep on giving. Here are the all-time money makers in the animated world—as of October 2014.
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1. Shrek 2
Shrek 2 was released on May 19, 2004 and had an opening weekend of $108,037,878. It went on to gross over 440 million dollars. The song “Accidentally in Love” was also nominated for an Oscar. That’s not too shabby for a sequel, I’d say. The original Shrek is number 11 on the all-time list, having made over $267 million. Shrek the Third is the 7th highest-earning animated film, making Shrek a billion-dollar franchise.
2. The Lion King
The Lion King was released in theaters on June 15, 1994 and earned a little under $1.6 million dollars opening weekend. While that may seem like a slow start, it continued on to make more than $422 million, with a boost from a 3-D re-release in 2011. The Lion King was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, and won for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” beating out two other songs from the movie “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata.” It has also become a successful Broadway show.
3. Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3 burst into theaters on June 18, 2010 making an astonishing $110,307,189, and over $415 million dollars during its entire theatrical run. It was knocked out of the #2 spot by the Lion King's re-release the following year. How does this sequel stack up? The original Toy Story clocks in at #33, while Toy Story 2 is #15 on the box office earnings list.
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Frozen iced its way into theaters on November 11, 2013 with an opening weekend box office of over $243 million. During its theatrical run, it garnered a cool $400 million and countless of radio plays for the hit, “Let it Go” from the soundtrack. Frozen picked up Oscars for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song for “Let it Go” at the 2014 Academy Awards.
5. Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo opened in theaters on May 30, 2003 and quickly made $70,251,710. Obviously, word of mouth and other advertising methods were effective; as it went on to gross over $380 million. The fact that it won Best Animated Feature and was nominated for three other Oscars at the 2004 Academy Awards probably helped too.