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Top 10 Grossing Disney Animation Films [infographic]

I recently discovered Many Eyes, a nifty little tool for creating infographics. After playing around for a little bit, I decided to create a visualization of some Disney info. This infographic shows the ten Disney Animation Studios films with the highest gross revenues. It should come as no surprise that The Lion King takes the top spot. However, I was a little shocked to see titles like Chicken Little. Then I realized it made sense given the release dates of the films.  As you can see, no Disney movie released before 1990 made the cut.

Of course, if you take inflation into account, things look a little different. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the #10 all time film (and #1 for animated films) earner for domestic grosses with $856,740,000, 101 Dalmations comes in at #11 785,349,600, and Fantasia comes in at #21 with $652,721,700. These box office numbers are helped by the frequent in theater re-releases that was common before VHS and DVD players became ubiquitous in households.

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Do you think these 10 movies are worthy of their high revenues?


17 thoughts on “Top 10 Grossing Disney Animation Films [infographic]”

  1. I am somewhat surprised and pleased with “Tangled” being in position #2. My daughter, 6, absolutely cannot get enough of that film and I have to say, it really was well done and very funny at times!

  2. It’s important to keep in mind that this graphic represents global box office, not domestic, and the global box office market didn’t really exist the way it does today prior to the 1990s. A graphic representing the top 10 domestic Disney films might be a little more instructive.

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  5. “Tangled beat Aladdin and BATB?? Wow.”

    Not once you take inflation into account. Tangled also benefited from higher 3d ticket prices even accounting for inflation. Box office is often used a proxy for attendance, but since the advent of the 3d goggle surcharge, it’s less useful to use box office as a measure for anything other than box office. As Adam notes, once you take inflation into account, things look different.

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  8. DV & Berdo, you’re right, it’s strange seing Tangled take the #2 spot. Yes, inflation wasn’t taken into account in this infographic, which would probably mess with the results. And yes, a lot of recent movies have benefited from 3D surcharges. Take it for what it’s worth.

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    1. Dinosaur made some bones, but unfortunately Disney burdened the film with all the cost of developing digital animation technology, which made it the most expensive animated film ever made at the time. So the profit was actually fairly minor. Nonetheless, it was successful enough to have an attraction based on in a theme park. That being Dinosaur at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

  13. That’s not exactly right about the Dinosaur ride at Animal Kingdom. The ride was originally Countdown to Extinction and was not a direct tie-in to the movie. They re-branded it with the release of the film to help promote it, but that was done more in anticipation of the movie’s success, not as a response to it.

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