Breaking The Box Office: The Highest-Grossing Animations

Ed Angeli

Hands up if you’ve watched an animation as a kid, loved every minute of it, rewatched it back years later down the line, and enjoyed it even more? Your appreciation for the humour and underlying messages which you missed as a youngster is what makes animations so unavoidably charming.

You can be any age and most animated films manage to entice you with a combination of a storyline and creativity that makes them one of the most watchable film genres.

It leads to the often highly-debated topic: ‘what’s your favourite animated film?’. Funny how grown adults can have such strong opinions on a subject that is predominately designed for juniors. But, it’s the delivery and meaning behind the animations which is what makes them so debatable. The emotional engagement they can bring out of you – from happiness to sadness in the space of minutes, seen perfectly in the opening credits of Up.

With top comments on four-minute YouTube videos like these usually saying: “I came here to cry, that’ll be all”, goes to show how animations can strike an emotional chord with its audience quicker than watching humans on screen.

Sadly for Mr Fredricksen – the lead role in Up for those criminals who haven’t watched the film – the Disney film did not manage to make it into the top 10 highest-grossing animations of all-time. Despite it making $735million at the box office, along with receiving five Academy Award nominations, Up only made it to No.19 in the highest-grossing animations.

Special mentions here must go to Lion King, who broke into the top 10 on the smallest production cost of $45million. The Despicable Me franchise’s success at the box office has seen three of Sergio Pablos’ creations make the top 10 – outstanding achievement when the likes of Monsters Inc. is nowhere to be seen in the top 20.

The Toy Story trilogy – films which cause enough debate amongst themselves as to which is the greatest one – clearly has an answer when it comes to looking at the masses. The highest-grossing film of the three heavily outperformed the previous two at the box office, as neither Toy Story 1 or 2 broke $500million at the box office.

Along with Toy Story 3, Finding Dory came in as the joint-highest in terms of production cost; the $200million set back to create each film still saw Finding Dory score, 94% and Toy Story 3, 99% with Rotten Tomatoes – money well spent, if you ask us.

No matter how old we get, how good actors and actresses get, animations will continue to be a major success at the box office. It’s everyone looking for their inner child, and with technology only improving – the shelf life and success of animations looks set to continue as the movies live on.

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