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Jul 13, 2015


Top 5 Highest Selling Animation Films

In this article we count down the highest selling animation films of all time, the figures shown below is the worldwide gross for the theatrical release. The two top production companies of animated films include Pixar and Disney.

5) Finding Nemo (2003) - $936,743,261

Released in 2003, this film features an overprotective clownfish named Marlin, who searches for his abducted son, Nemo all the way to Sydney, Australia. Marlin learns to take risks and let Nemo take care of himself and he is no longer overprotective by the end of the film. A sequel has already been commissioned and is due for release in 2016. The film earned $380,843,261 in North America and $555,900,000 in other countries.  The budget for this film was $94 million.



4) Despicable Me 2 (2013) - $970,743,261

This film was released in 2013 and is a sequel to the 2010 film Despicable Me. This fun film had a budget of $76 million and features the lovable minions. A spin-off film has been released called Minions which focuses on the minions before they met Gru, the central character in the Despicable Me films. This film was also listed as the most profitable film in the 101-year history of Universal Studios.


3) The Lion King (1994) – $987,483,777

This memorable film from 1994 features Simba, a young lion set to succeed his father, Mufasa, as king, however Mufasa is killed by his younger brother, Scar and Simba flees into exile thinking he was to blame. This film had a budget of $45 million and has many good reviews; Rotten Tomatoes rated it as 90%, based on 110 reviews with an average rating of 8.2/10.




2) Toy Story 3 (2010) - $1,063,171,911

With a budget of $200 million and bringing in over $1 billion at the box office, this was the highest grossing film of 2010 and the first animated film to generate ticket sales of over $1 billion. The plot of this film focuses on Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the other toys as they deal with their owner, Andy, preparing to leave for college. A sequel, Toy Story 4 is in production and is expected to be released in 2017.


1) Frozen (2013) - $1,279,852,693

Frozen was a massive commercial success and received strong, positive reviews after its release. The film’s budget was $150 million and it topped the box office, bringing in over $1.2 billion. Overall this is the 7th highest-grossing film of all time. It is also the all-time, best-selling blu ray disc in the United States. The film features Anna, who sets off on an epic journey to find her sister, Elsa, whose icy powers have caused an eternal winter in their kingdom. A feature length sequel has been announced but there is no release date yet.

The films listed above are some of the best animated films and they are highly recommended to watch. The Lion King has been re-mastered and is now available in 3D and high definition. A range of merchandise for the above films is sold on Pyramid Shop including movie posters and wall art.