10 Animated Films That Drew Big Box Office Bucks
Animated films have been delighting moviegoers for almost as long as the medium has existed, and with several highly anticipated animated movies being released this year, it appears that 2014 won’t be an exception to this long-running tradition. While children and adults enjoy the visual spectacle and family friendly stories that many animated films offer, studios appreciate the substantial box office receipts that hit animated films are capable of generating.
Hollywood has released several particularly profitable animated films over the past six months. Frozen, released in U.S. theaters on November 22, has achieved a total lifetime domestic gross of $400.4 million and set a record for animated films with a worldwide gross of $1.19 billion, according to Box Office Mojo. This year’s critically acclaimed The Lego Movie set a similarly high bar for animated films released in 2014, with a total lifetime domestic gross of $253.2 million and a worldwide gross of $457.6 million, per info from Box Office Mojo. But with less than half of the year gone, studios are hoping to achieve even greater box office success with several upcoming animated films.
How to Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon, hits theaters on June 13, according to IMDb. Another animated sequel, Planes: Fire & Rescue, flies into theaters on July 18. Boxtrolls, a stop-motion animation film based on Alan Snow’s fantasy novel Here Be Monsters! is due to be released on September 26. Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) Big Hero 6, a film adaptation of a Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, is scheduled to be released on November 7.
While it remains to be seen if any of these animated films can match the box office receipts of The Lego Movie or even Frozen, it should be noted that Hollywood has an impressive track record for success when it comes to making a profit on animated films. With that in mind, here are the top 10 highest-grossing animated films released since 1980, according to domestic box office data compiled by Box Office Mojo.