There have been so many arguments made about the proper way to entertain children but the truth is, nowadays it is becoming more difficult to restrict their access to screens. Parents are spending more and more money on cell phones, tablets, e-readers and many other screen-tech devices. Thus, their access to movies and videos is also increasing. With such disposal to movies at home and on the go, the film industry has been more apt to create big budget blockbusters that will get people in the theater doors. Family movies have proven to be a great way to do this.
With the recent critical and commercial success of Disney's 2013 film Frozen, praised for both its production value and moral value, there has been a strong desire to reflect upon the lessons children learn from movies. Although, something else worth considering here is how much it costs to entertain kids these days. This 3-D computer-animated film had a budget of $150 million, but that seems like nothing compared to the almost $1.1 Billion it has grossed so far. Since the reemergence of 3-D and the increasing digitization of the cinema, animated family films have not only been some of the most expensive to produce, but have some of the highest returns as well. Let's have a glance at 10 of today's kids favorite movies that have budgets of over $150 million, all of which boast major box-office returns.
10 Shrek Forever After at $165 Million
9 The Polar Express at $165 Million
8 Up at $175 Million
7 Monsters vs Aliens at $175 Million
6 The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at $180 Million
5 Wall-E at $180 Million
4 The Golden Compass at $180 Million
3 Cars 2 at $200 Million
2 Toy Story 3 at $200 Million
1 Tangled at $260 Million
This computer-animated musical is loosely based on the story of Rapunzel and is especially unique in its blending of CG with traditional animation. Rather than being saved by Prince Charming, in this version, Rapunzel takes matters into her own hands as she searches for truth and freedom, all while experiencing the world for the very first time. The film was a great success. It was nominated for a number of awards and grossed an impressive $590 million at the box-office, although you may have noticed that this is still less profit than some of the smaller budget films on this list.
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