So far in 2023, and especially this summer, animation has brought in big dollars at the box office; the highest-grossing film of the year so far is an animated title, and three of the five highest-grossing animated titles of the year are currently playing in theaters.
Even though it’s 2018 The incredibles 2 ($608.5 million) still holds the trophy for the highest-grossing animated film of all time this year The movie Super Mario Bros collected an increase at the box office, taking the second place in the list. Here are the top five animated films of 2023 so far, ranked by domestic gross. Note: this article will be updated as the year progresses.
#1: The movie Super Mario Bros
*still in theaters
Publication date: April 5
Opening weekend: $146.3 million (4,343 theaters)
Domestic Total: $573.1M (as of 06/27)
The first global billion dollar winner of 2023 – and the fourth since 2020 –The movie Super Mario Bros flattened on the board, exceeding Frozen II as the biggest animated global opener of all time. On the domestic front, MarioThe opening weekend helped Cinemark and AMC to their best post-pandemic days since the pandemic began; that same weekend, AMC Theaters had its third-best weekend in the same time frame. After just five days, the film became the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time and Illumination’s highest-grossing release.
#2: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
*still in theaters
Sony / Columbia Pictures
Release date: June 2
Opening weekend: $120.6 million (4,313 theaters)
Domestic Total: $323.1M (as of 06/27)
Sony’s animated superhero sequel crossed the $100 million mark in its opening weekend, opening more than three times the debut of its 2018 predecessor. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($35.3 million). In opening, the film achieved the second-biggest global animated opening of all time in IMAX, with its $20 million debut in the format coming in just behind The movie Super Mario Brosit is 21.6 million dollars. Holdings have been strong for the film, which returned to the top spot at the domestic box office in its fourth weekend of release. read Boxoffice PROinterview with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse co-director Kemp Powers.
#3: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Dreamworks / Universal Pictures
Release date: December 21, 2022
Opening weekend: $12.4 million (4,099 theaters)
Domestic Total (in 2023): $129.8 million, Total Gross: $185.5 million
Despite an 11-year gap since the beginning Puss in boots independent film, itself a spinoff of Shrek exclusivity, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish hit hard at the box office, surpassing its 2011 predecessor’s domestic total by more than $36 million. As the first IP-directed animated film to hit theaters since DC League of Super-Pets in July 2022, The Last Wish was a breath of fresh air for families looking for an opportunity to return to the cinema.
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Pixar Movies / Walt Disney Studios
Release date: June 16
Opening weekend: $29.6 million (4,035 theaters)
Domestic Total: $72.1M (as of 06/27)
The Disney/Pixar animated original got off to a rocky start, giving Pixar its second-lowest global opening of all time — ranking just ahead of the studio’s first film, 1995 Toy Story. Since then, the film’s reception seems to have given it a boost at the box office, with a slight drop of -38%, placing it in second place over the second frame.
Publication date: April 14
Opening weekend: $5 million (2,170 theaters)
Domestic total: $10.7 million
Sony and Crunchyroll’s in-house show Suzume came on the heels of international success for the anime title, which had already earned over $138 million from four markets. $104.7 million of that came from Japan, where Suzume topped the charts for three weeks after its release late last year. The film surpassed the total for director Makoto Shinkai’s other recent titles in 2016 your name ($5.0 million) and 2019 Weather with you ($8.0 million).