10 highest-grossing animated films of all time
Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes was a massive hit in its first week at the box office, so it’s worth watching as the highest-grossing animated movies of all time. It should be mentioned that this list will only consider data up to August 25, 2022.
The current standings are unlikely to change anytime soon, although it’s too early to tell how. Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes will finally come out. Some of these films are easy to guess, while others might surprise some readers.
The 10 highest-grossing animated films
ten) Princess Mononoke
Total income: $169,785,704
Hayao Miyazaki is widely regarded as one of the best directors. His films are generally flawless and entertaining. Princess Mononoke received critical acclaim and delighted the fan base as well.
Although the story can be cliched in parts, its execution is wonderful and features darker themes. It should also be mentioned that it was the highest-grossing Japanese film in 1997, regardless of genre. This masterpiece is also the oldest film on this list.
9) Pokemon: The First Movie
Total income: $172,744,662
The initial enthusiasm for Pokemon was blinding. This series exploded onto multiple media platforms in the late 90s, so naturally, it turned out to be a massive hit. It featured all the well-known characters, from Ash and Pikachu to the series’ first Legendary Pokemon, Mewtwo.
Technically, there are two parts to this movie. The first is Pikachu’s Vacationbut it’s the second most fans will probably remember, Mewtwo Strikes Back. The movie wasn’t as well received as the previous one on this list, but Pokemon’s massive popularity made it a stunning success nonetheless.
8) Stay close to me, Doraemon
Total income: $183,442,714
It’s easy for people to underestimate Doraemon popularity of the series, especially since it is mainly famous in Japan. To give a clear indication of its success, Remember me Doraemon was number one in Japan for five consecutive weeks.
Doraemon’s character is considered a Japanese icon, and readers should know that his series has grossed over $6.2 billion.
seven) Jujutsu Kaisen 0
Total income: $190,165,506
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is the most recent movie on this list, released in 2021. Most modern fans might be aware of Jujutsu Kaisenbut it should be noted that this animated film is a prequel to the series.
the original Jujutsu Kaisen 0 was a short manga series that began and ended in 2017, with the iconic sequel starting a year later. The beloved anime only started in 2020, so a prequel anime movie reaching this level of success is indeed surprising but well deserved.
6) grow old with you
Total income: $193,715,360
This romantic animated film was a huge hit in 2019. It was released in 140 countries, and it was immediately compared to the incredibly popular 2016 title, your name. It is to highlight that grow old with you made far less money in comparison but received great reviews. It’s a perfect example of a sweet romantic movie that viewers will enjoy.
Total income: $204,826,668
This film is considered one of Miyazaki’s most underrated films, even though it is one of the highest-grossing anime films of all time. On top of that, it’s a great example of a movie made for kids. However, that doesn’t stop the movie from entertaining adults too.
4) Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle
Total income: $236,214,446
Another Hayao Miyazaki anime film on this list is Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle. It is inspired by the eponymous novel by Diana Wynne Jones. The plot explores various themes related to feminism and aging. This particular movie was even described by Miyazaki as his favorite when asked about his own movies.
3) your name
Total income: $380,140,500
your name was referenced earlier in this article, and its total earnings exceed previous anime films on this list. This romantic film involves a boy and a girl who switch bodies and live each other’s lives. It’s an unusual plot, but your name makes it work and isn’t as weird as the initial premise might suggest.
The music also received a lot of praise, with many fans loving the Zenzenzense song.
2) Taken away as if by magic
Total income: $395,580,000
The final Hayao Miyazaki anime film on this list is, unsurprisingly, Taken away as if by magic. It is widely considered his best film by fans and critics. It is also the only hand-drawn Japanese film to have received an Oscar (specifically Best Animated Feature). Taken away as if by magic won numerous awards on its debut, which is no surprise to anyone who has watched it.
The fairy tale aspects associated with Japanese mythology are incredibly entertaining, imaginative, and include Miyazaki’s classic quirky style.
1) Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train
Total income: $504,334,511
Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train has a huge lead over all other animated films in terms of being the highest-grossing animated film. He is unlikely to be replaced from this position anytime soon.
For those who don’t know, this movie is part of the hugely popular series demon slayer series. Its success hasn’t been limited to animations either. Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train was the highest-grossing film of 2020.
Note: Some aspects of this article are subjective.
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