There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just say it–Frozen’s not just popular with the children. It’s one of the few bankable, animated musicals to really make some noise since the days of 90s animated Disney films. I think the haters are really going to have to—let it go? But seriously, with all the buzz about Anna and Elsa’s second tun in theaters; I’ve taken the liberty of listing all of the films Frozen 2 has surpassed in earnings. Here are 5 other films with HUGE earnings worldwide:
Incredibles 2: What TOOK SO DAMN LONG!?
One could argue that the only thing that truly held the sequel to the wildly popular, The Incredibles (2004) was the inexplicable 14-year gap between films. Pixar what were YOU doing? Oh right, like we really needed THREE (COUNT ‘EM, THREE) Cars films and Monster University before we caught up with Pixar’s favorite superhero family. THREE? BRO. Okay, I’m done. Anyway, when it finally did release, it killed in theaters domestically and worldwide with a total of $1.242 Billion in earnings. That lands Bob, Helen, and the kids at #3 on the All-Time list. Not too shabby. Better late than never, I suppose.
Toy Story 4: Risk pays off? Who cares it made a lot of dough
From, ‘What took so long?’ with The Incredibles 2 toward, ‘Really? Another one, Pixar?’ when it came to Toy Story 4. Now although that reads like a negative reaction to the announcement of a third sequel to the 1995-smash hit, it’s not. Toy Story is a proven commodity in pop culture. Toys, clothes, tv-series, one-off program specials—Woody and Buzz are Pixar’s answer to Mickey Mouse. And although Disney competing with itself seems silly, there are very clear battle lines drawn between #teamPixar and #teamDisney. Moreover, all of this is irrelevant. In spite of a 9-years and two days after Toy Story 3–the ‘last hurray’ for Buzz and Woody raked in a RIDICULOUS $1.073 Billion. WOW. Bravo.
Zootopia: An animal buddy-cop film? Sign. Me. Up.
This was really a surprise for me when it came out back in 2016. In a year that may very well be one of the best years for animated film making in movie history. Guys. Moana, Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets, Kung Fu Panda 3, Sing, and The Angry Birds Movie all dropped in 2016. Zootopia still managed to carve a name for itself, earning $1.023 Billion worldwide. If any film deserves a second and third sequel (on the premise alone) it’s Zootopia.
Minions: We got our own movie, tho!
Talk about a no-brainer. Let’s take the cutest, most amusing part of a solid film series; and launch a spin-off. Despicable Me has both its sequels in the top 10 of all-time, but I think producing an even more successful spin-off takes the cake. Sometimes appealing to the ‘child’ in moviegoers pays off. The head-scratching, thrill-seeking, one-eyed, yellow gibberish speaking creatures have captured the hearts of our kids. And have drained our wallets of our hard-earned dollars to the tune of $1.016 Billion in earnings worldwide. And I’m not even mad’ at’em.
Finding Dory: Sidekick is more interesting!
Yet another example of the sidekick being more popular than either Nemo or his dad…uh…what’s dude’s name? Oh yeah, my boy Marlin. Yeah, Marlin is boring. I don’t care. I don’t. Marlin was a square. A good foil for Dory. And low-key, the father-son story didn’t hit the same way the comedy in the original film did for me. Dory has amnesia. She had a tragic past, prior to meeting Marlin and Nemo. And c’mon. Ellen DeGeneres brought this character so much charm, humor sincerity that is highly underrated. Dory has to be considered for one of Pixar’s best characters ever created. Almost forgot, Finding Dory, grossed a total of $1.028 Billion worldwide.