Ever since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the very first feature-length animated movie with sound and color, released in 1937, animated movies have been a favorite for people of all ages. Walt Disney, the king of animated movies, said "Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world."
Although animated movies have been around for over 75 years, these films have only been improving in that time. These movies have especially had a boost in quality in the last few decades with the introduction of computer-generated animation. In fact, of the top 10 highest grossing animated movies of all time, only one was released before 2000: The Lion King (1994).
Read on to see our list of the 10 highest grossing animated movies of this millennium. You'll no doubt be interested to find that most of these are sequels!
10 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) - $747 Million Worldwide
9 Shrek Forever After (2010) - $753 Million Worldwide
8 Shrek The Third (2007) - $799 Million Worldwide
7 Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) - $877 Million Worldwide
6 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) - $887 Million Worldwide
5 Shrek 2 (2004) - $920 Million Worldwide
4 Finding Nemo (2003) - $937 Million Worldwide
3 Despicable Me 2 (2013) - $971 Million Worldwide
2 Toy Story 3 (2010) - $1 Billion Worldwide
1 Frozen (2013) - $1.1 Billion Worldwide
Not only is the animated movie at the top spot a recent film, it is also still showing in theaters. That means that it's worldwide box office take will only continue to increase. We're talking about Frozen, a film about two princesses--one a rambunctious optimist and the other a reluctant woman with the magical power of ice. Frozen was an instant success and earned $110.6 worldwide during its opening weekend. It has won 60 awards, including the Academy Award of Best Animated Feature. In addition to a fun story, the songs also contributed to this musical earning $1.1 billion so far as of April, 2014. "Let It Go," sung by Idina Menzel, earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song and has spawned countless covers on YouTube.
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