The golden age of animated films is upon us, with box office charts often featuring an animated picture among the highest-earning feature films, especially in the summer months. Animated films have come a long way since the early days of hand-drawn Disney pictures, with most now being made through computer animation. Today’s films feature gorgeous visuals, superb voice acting, and engaging and emotional plotlines that generally appeal to audiences of any age. There have even been several animated films that have surpassed the $1 billion mark in the past few years, all of which are included in our countdown of the 15 highest grossing animated films of all time.
15. Coco (2017)
Worldwide Gross: $805,228,436
Based on the concept of the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos (The Day of The Dead), the 2017 animated film Coco delighted moviegoers with its mix of gorgeous visuals, emotional story, and wonderful musical performances. Created by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Studios, the film follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel Rivera who is accidentally transported to the land of the dead. While there, he seeks the help of his deceased great-great-grandfather, who’s an accomplished musician to return him to his family among the living.
The film received universal praise from critics and moviegoers becoming an instant success for Pixar and Disney. The film won two Academy Awards, taking home Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for the beautiful “Remember Me.” Coco would eventually earn over $800 million at the global box office, making it the 15th highest grossing animated film of all time.