10 Highest-Grossing Animated Movies Of All Time, According To Box Office Mojo
Last week, One Piece Movie: Red surpassed all previous anime films to rank tenth at the Japanese box office. Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes also set an opening weekend box office record for an animated film. The success of these films led to a huge increase in the number of animated films.
These films lack nowhere in plot, dialogue, cinematography or direction and have greater visual possibilities than live-action films. As Red receives a worldwide release in the coming months, it could secure a place among the world’s highest-grossing animated films, as well as Super hero. However, the current top 10 is not easy to beat.
10/10 The Wind Rises (2013) – $136,454,220
Studio Ghibli’s inspirational historical drama about Jirou Horikoshi was director Miyazaki Hayao’s final film. It gave the anime industry a blockbuster despite the movie bordering on both sides of the political spectrum. The wind picks up accumulated $136 million worldwide.
Jirou was the Japanese aeronautical engineer responsible for designing the Mitsubishi Zero, the fighter plane used during World War II. The film’s perceived anti-war stance drew mixed reviews, but it couldn’t break the spirit of the plot. Technically, the art is jaw-dropping and the pacing is steady, but the dreamy sequences stand out as the best aspect.
9/10 The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) – $149,411,550
A Studio Ghibli film based on a book, Arrietty’s Secret World, is an adaptation of the 1952 novel The Borrowers by Mary Norton. It follows Shou as he learns about his unique neighbor, miniature girl Arrietty, and her family. It’s a breathtaking story of an unusual friendship that thrives despite all odds.
The film’s animation and music are surreal. The plot may lack serious conflict, but the film is worth watching for its incredible attention to detail. The rich character development, especially the main character, Arrietty, makes up for the plot holes.
8/10 Princess Mononoke (1997) – $159,414,369
A violent film in the Original Studio Ghibli canon that captivated American audiences, Princess Mononokegrossed $159 million even in 1997. It’s a story about the connection between technology and nature while advocating a path for harmony and coexistence.
All the main characters in the film have mythological origins. The most intriguing aspect of the film is Princess Mononoke’s fierce personality versus Ashitaka’s innocence and goodwill. The film has dark overtones but makes full use of symbols to make it empowering. It blurs the lines between good and evil rather than having a traditional narrative of good versus evil.
7/10 Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie (2022) – $166,368,128
The film is based on the precursor Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 0, which served as the pilot for the Manga series. The story of Jujutsu Kaisen 0 takes place before the events of the animated series. It features Yuuta Okkotsu and the anime series’ antagonist Getou’s backstory is revealed.
Yuuta’s character development is endearing, and as a result, the film’s superb fight scenes follow. Additionally, the characters of Zen’in Maki, Inumaki Toge, and Panda gain the depth they need. As usual, Gojo Satorou’s charisma and dialogue make him the attraction. The animation is fantastic, as you would expect from Mappa Studios.
6/10 Aging With You (2020) – $193,840,806
grow old with you is a magical and adorable story about Hodaka Morishima and Hina Amano. The film is set during an outbreak of uncontrollable rain in Tokyo. The film became the highest-grossing Japanese film of 2019 and grossed $193 million. The film was also criticized for sharing many parallels with Your Name.
Everything about the art and animation, including character design, scenery, and movement details, is excellent. The plot is grounded and features realistic main character stories without annoying cliches. It has emotional weight to drive the audience alongside the visual effects.
5/10 Ponyo (2009) – $204,171,810
Tells the story of a goldfish, Ponyo, who escapes from the ocean and his savior, a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke.
Ponyo is one of the most likable characters created by Studio Ghibli. Although aimed at young audiences, the film earned $204 million. At the Tokyo Anime Awards,
also won Best Anime of the Year. The film’s endearing exchanges between Ponyo and Sōsuke are its cutest feature. It has inspiring concepts and stunning visuals, especially the ocean scenes. The film has a perfect and dreamy dubbing. Although it is a children’s film, it is a love tale in the truest sense of the word and suitable for all audiences.
4/10 Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) – $235,347,345
Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle Is a fantasy film loosely based on the 1986 novel by Diana Wynne Jones. It is an adorable and inspiring story about a little girl Sophie, who transforms into an old woman and ends up living with a wizard named Howl in his castle in movement. The premise is interesting, but the characters’ personalities may seem typical of Miyazaki.
The character and background designs are complex. The soundtracks also give the film the ideal nuance. The film is set against the backdrop of a war with another kingdom and takes an anti-war stance in the narrative. Other themes of old age and self-acceptance also take center stage. For English speakers, Howl’s Moving Castle has one of the best voice acting.
3/10 Spirited Away (2001) – $274,925,095
Released in 2001, Taken away as if by magic still holds its place as the most intriguing animated film. It also won the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards. The film tells the story of a ten-year-old Chihiro Ogino who unwittingly enters Kami’s world. The popularity of the film is well justified.
The film looks like a lucid dream. Smooth animations leave nothing to chance, making Taken away as if by magic a magical experience. The use of lights, shadows, shapes and colors, especially with spirits, is vivid. Taken away as if by magic lacked characters who were clearly good or bad. Everyone has a bit of it, and some have let their darker sides show more. It is realistic and takes place in a fantasy world.
2/10 Your Name (2017) – $357,986,087
The most beautiful romantic comedy animated film, your name, soared to the top of the charts after its initial release in 2016. It’s smart and emotional, with a well-executed twist. The animation is so gorgeous that it can make the audience watch the movie twice to appreciate the art.
This love story is moving and touching. It’s harder to inject fiction into a love story. However, the story of your name does the job without seeming extra or unnecessary. This gripping story about Mitsuha and Taki waking up in each other’s bodies one day and living each other’s lives as they search for each other will leave everyone speechless.
1/10 Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train (2021) – $453,210,959
The most recent demon slayer film, Train Mugen, broke all sales records and quickly became the highest-grossing animated film of all time. This dark fantasy action movie is based on the Mugen Train arc and is the direct sequel to the first season of demon slayer.
The action scenes are breathtaking. Arguably one of the best fight scenes in the anime is the final battle between Rengoku and the upper tier three monster. Train Mugen is Ufotable’s best movie of all time. The movie is near perfect, with a gripping plot, great music, and thrilling 2D and 3D visual effects. It’s a two-hour work of genius that brilliantly illuminates the field of animation.
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