The top 10 grossing animated films of 2016

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Last updated on December 10th, 2021

2016 was a very successful year for animated films. Pixar’s “Finding Dory” did extremely well, unlike 2015’s “The Good Dinosaur.” Illumination’s pair of films (“The Secret Life of Pets,” “Sing”) also were hits.

Below is a list of the top 10 grossing animated films (domestic and global) of 2016. Figures are taken from Box Office Mojo on January 2, 2017.

Domestic box office

  1. “Finding Dory,” $486.3 million
  2. “The Secret Life of Pets,” $368.4 million
  3. “Zootopia,” $341.3 million
  4. “Moana,” $213.4 million
  5. “Sing,” $180 million
  6. “Trolls,” $150.6 million
  7. “Kung Fu Panda 3,” $143.5 million
  8. “The Angry Birds Movie,” $107.5 million
  9. “Sausage Party,” $97.7 million
  10. “Storks,” $72 million

Global box office

  1. “Finding Dory,” $1.0278 billion
  2. “Zootopia,” $1.0238 billion
  3. “The Secret Life of Pets,” $875.5 million
  4. “Kung Fu Panda 3,” $521.2 million
  5. “Ice Age: Collision Course,” $407.7 million
  6. “Moana,” $402.5 million
  7. “The Angry Birds Movie,” $349.8 million
  8. “Trolls,” $332.7 million
  9. “Sing,” $277.8 million
  10. “Storks,” $179.8 million


If curious, “Ice Age” only raked in $64 million domestically. Of course, the films do much better overseas than in North America, which is why we keep getting “Ice Age” films.

“Finding Dory” is also (as of this writing) the top-grossing film domestically, though I expect “Star Wars: Rogue One” to eclipse that.

All of the above films broke even or turned a profit based on global box office. That includes the surprise hit R-rated (and animator-payment-stiffing) “Sausage Party.” Thus, it’s good news for Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Bros. Animation, Blue Sky/20th Century Fox, and Illumination/Universal.

My film watching’s fallen behind for various reasons. Thus, I haven’t gotten around to seeing any of the above other than “Kung Fu Panda 3” and “Zootopia.” But do want to see “Dory,” “Pets,” “Moana,” and “Sing.”

Which of the above films have you seen, or liked the best?

Anthony Dean

Anthony Dean is the owner of Diverse Tech Geek and Diverse Media Notes.

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