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Animation at the box office in the 2010s.

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Just looking at the animated films that made over $150 dom:

 

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=animation.htm

 

Let's begin.

 

2010:

  1. Toy Story 3 ($415m)
  2. Despicable Me ($252m)
  3. Shrek 4 ($239)
  4. How to Train Your Dragon ($218m)
  5. Tangled ($201m)

2011:

  1. Cars 2 ($191m)
  2. Kung Fu Panda 2 ($165m)

2012:

  1. Brave ($237m)
  2. Madagascar 3 ($216m)
  3. The Lorax ($214m)
  4. Wreck-It Ralph ($189m)
  5. Ice Age: Continental Drift ($161m)

2013:

  1. Frozen ($401m)
  2. Despicable Me 2 ($368m)
  3. Monsters University ($268m)
  4. The Croods ($187m)

2014:

  1. The Lego Movie ($258m)
  2. Big Hero 6 ($223m)
  3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($177m)

2015:

  1. Inside Out ($356m)
  2. Minions ($336m)
  3. Home ($177m)
  4. Hotel Transylvania 2 ($170m)
  5. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water ($163m)

2016:

  1. Finding Dory ($486m)
  2. The Secret Life of Pets ($368m)
  3. Zootopia ($341m)
  4. Sing ($270m)
  5. Moana ($249m)
  6. Trolls ($154m)

2017:

  1. Despicable Me 3 ($265m)
  2. Coco ($210m)
  3. The LEGO Batman Movie ($176m)
  4. The Boss Baby ($175m)
  5. Cars 3 ($153m)

2018:

  1. Incredibles 2 ($609m)
  2. The Grinch ($271m)
  3. Ralph Breaks the Internet ($201m)
  4. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse ($190m)
  5. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation ($168m)

2019 (as of July 29th):

  1. Toy Story 4 ($396m)
  2. The Lion King ($351m) (Lol yes this is an animated feature)
  3. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($161m)
  4. The Secret Life of Pets 2 ($154m)
  5. Frozen 2 (practically guaranteed to show up here)

I compiled this list out of a perception that animation was doing poorly at the box office this year, and it seems that is true, especially if you think the new Lion King doesn't count as an animated feature, as Disney would have you believe.

 

2016 would especially be strong if you made a case that The Jungle Book from that year was also an animated feature (almost everything is CGI).

 

But overall, I think that animation, especially in its current form as CG animation, is more lucrative this decade than anyone could have predicted. I wonder if we will ever see the year when there are 7 or 8 animated features breaking the $150m dom barrier. I don't know what it would take, but I think it could happen.

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Eventually it should happen just because of inflation, however with the rise of streaming services, the way we see movies is changing and before long big budget animations will be premiered there.  The Lion King (2019) is definitely an animated film. The Lego movie (2014), has more life action in it and its considered animated, I guess you could almost say the Jungle Book (2016) is animated too, but that had a real life character that was in almost every scene of the movie.

 

2020 animated films that could cross $150m

 

Onward $270m

Trolls World Tour $155m

Scooby $180m

The SpongeBob Movie $165m

Soul $250m

Minions: The Rise of Gru $240m

Raya and the Last Dragon $235m

The Croods 2 $175m.

 

So um.. there is a very real possibility that we could have 8 over $150m next year.

 

Bob's burgers, Ron's Gone Wrong, Vivo, and an untitled Lord and Miller animated is also set for a 2020 release. so there is a chance one of those could cross it as well, especially if the lord and miller film is a spider-Verse sequel/Spin-off.

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