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A look at top animated moneymakers as of September 2019, from “The Lion King” to “Zootopia.” The numbers are not adjusted for inflation.

  • 30. “Kung Fu Panda” (2008) 

    Worldwide Gross: $631,744,560

    The success of Jack Black’s 2008 martial arts-meet-spongy mammal movie set into motion its inevitable — and even more profitable — sequel. 

    Dreamworks Animation Studios

  • 29. “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.

    Pixar Animation Studios

  • 28. “Sing” (2016) 

    Worldwide Gross: $634,151,679

    Illumination’s animal-karaoke musical crooned its way onto the list.

  • 27. “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.”


  • 26. “Big Hero 6” (2014) 

    Worldwide Gross: $657,818,612

    Disney’s 2014 robot tale combined anime aesthetics, superhero action and Pixar’s heart. 

    Disney Animation Studios

  • 25. “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006) 

    Worldwide Gross: $660,940,780

    Fox’s 2006 prehistoric romp proved the success of the first was no fluke. 

    Twentieth Century Fox

  • 24. “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011) 

    Worldwide Gross: $665,692,281

    With the franchise’s skills proven, DreamWorks Animation gave the world another hit of comedy with this animated martial arts sequel in 2011. 

    Dreamworks Animation Studios

  • 23. “Up” (2009) 

    Worldwide Gross: $735,099,082

    The 2009 fan favorite demonstrated that original ideas with big emotions could make big money. 

    Pixar Animation Studios

  • 22. “Monsters University” (2013) 

    Worldwide Gross: $744,229,437

    Ten years after the release of “Monsters Inc,” Pixar sent fans back to school in a 2013 prequel.

    Pixar Animation Studios

  • 21. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (2012) 

    Worldwide Gross: $746,921,274

    DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” series kept the studio afloat with a string of breezy successes, including 2012’s third installment.

    Dreamworks Animation Studios

  • 20. “Shrek Forever After” (2010) 

    Worldwide Gross: $752,600,867

    The big green ogre’s final chapter dropped in 2010.    

    Dreamworks Animation Studio

  • 19. “Shrek the Third” (2007) 

    Worldwide Gross: $798,958,162

    Made  in 2007, this sequel proved there was still some gas left in this fantasy mash-up comedy franchise. 

    Dreamworks Animation Studio

  • 18. “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.


  • 17. “Inside Out” (2015) 

    Worldwide Gross: $857,611,174

    Disney 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. 


  • 16. “The Secret Life of Pets” (2016) 

    Worldwide Gross:$875,457,937

    Universal/Illumination’s story of dogs seeking out adventure while their owners are away charmed its way onto the list.

  • 15.  “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012) 

    Worldwide Gross: $877,244,782

    Profits abound for this 2012 fourth installment in the chilly prehistoric franchise, followed just behind it’s predecessor.

    Twentieth Century Fox Animation

  • 14.”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. 

    Twentieth Century Fox Animation

  • 13. “Shrek 2” (2004) 

    Worldwide Gross: $919,838,758

    DreamWorks Animation proved to be worthy Pixar competition with its successful “Shrek” franchise.

    Dreamworks Animation Studio

  • 12. “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. 

    Pixar Studios

  • 11. “The Lion King” (1994) 

    Worldwide Gross: $968,483,777

    Can you feel the love tonight for this Disney animated classic?

    Disney Animation Studios

  • 10. “Despicable Me 2” (2013) 

    Worldwide Gross:  $970,761,885

    Illumination’s sequel managed to make more money than its predecessor and put the upcoming “Minions” spin-off into motion.

    Illumination Studios

  • 9. “Zootopia” (2016) 

    Worldwide Gross: $1,023,784,195

    Disney charmed audiences in 2016 with its cop thriller pairing a rookie rabbit cop and a wily fox informant.


  • 8. “Finding Dory” (2016) 

    Worldwide Gross: $1,028,570,889

    The sequel to “Finding Nemo” swam right back into audience’s hearts.


  • 7. “Despicable Me 3” (2017) 

    Worldwide Gross: $1,034,799,409

    Illumination’s follow-up — featuring Gru’s blond-haired brother — became the franchise’s biggest grosser.


  • 6. “Toy Story 4” (2019)

    Worldwide Gross: $1,061,928,660



  • 5. “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.

    Pixar Studios

  • 4. “Minions” (2015) 

    Worldwide Gross: $1,159,398,397

    The 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. 

    Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment

  • 3. “Incredibles 2” (2018) 

    Worldwide Gross: $1,242,805,359

    The superpowered family sprung back into action a full 14 years after the original — but far surpassed the original film’s box office haul.


  • 2. “Frozen” (2013) 

    Worldwide Gross: $1,276,480,335

    Disney’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…

    Disney Animation Studios

  • 1. The Lion King (2019)

    Worldwide Gross: $1,631,724,000

    Whether 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. 


  • 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 September 2019, from “The Lion King” to “Zootopia.” The numbers are not adjusted for inflation.

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