2014 has been another great year for animation, and The Boxtrolls will be the latest film in this genre to enjoy this weekend.

From the makers of Coraline & ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls follows a young orphaned boy who is raised by The Boxtrolls: cave-dwelling trash collectors.

In recent years, we have seen animation movies perform well at the box office, and we take a look at some of the highest grossing films in this genre.

1. Frozen - $1,275,772,511

Frozen is the animation film that everyone has been talking about for the last year - to say it has been a box office smash would be a major understatement.

Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, Frozen is 53rd animated feature from Disney... and it has gone on to be the most popular and the most successful.

Based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson, the movie follows Anna who sets off to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

Frozen became only the second animated feature to break the $1 billion barrier as it became the most successful Disney film of all time.

Frozen also won just about every award going, including the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

2. Toy Story 3 - $1,063,171,911

It was back in 2010 when Toy Story 3 hit the big screen but it remains the best Pixar movie to date.

It's very rare for a franchise to get better as it goes along, but Toy Story is the exception to that rule.

The movie follows Woody, Buzz and co as they are mistakenly delivered to a day-care centre. This was one of the movies of 2010 and explored themes of growing up and leaving childhood behind: something we can all relate to.

Toy Story 3 was the first animation film to break $1 billion at the box office, and went on to win the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

3. The Lion King - $987,483,777

The Lion King celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and yet this movie remains one of the jewels in the Disney crown.

Set to a backdrop of unforgettable songs from Elton John, The Lion King follows cub Simba as he grows into the future King.

The Lion King was a critical and box office smash when it was released back in 1994, and was the most successful Disney film of all time until Frozen came along.

It had grossed over $987 million worldwide, and remains the most successful hand-drawn film in history.

4. Despicable Me 2 - $970,761,885

It was back in 2010 when we were introduced to Gru for the first time, but it was the 2013 sequel that is the more successful film.

Despicable Me 2 was released last year, and saw Pietter Coffin and Chris Renaud back in the director's chair.

Gru is not the super villain that we met in the first film, and is called into action by the The Anti-Villain League to investigate a theft.

Steve Carell was back to voice the character of Gru, while Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, and Russell Brand were also on board.

Despicable Me 2 was the second highest grossing animation film of 2013, and the third highest grossing movie of that year.

5. Finding Nemo - $936,743,261

It's hard to believe but Finding Nemo celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, and yet it remains one of the most successful and popular Pixar movies.

Previous Pixar movies had done well, but it was Finding Nemo that really established Pixar as a major animation force.

The film was a critical and box office smash and took in excess of $936 million worldwide: which made it the highest grossing Pixar film until Toy Story 3 came along.

The Andrew Stanton was one of the highest grossing movies of 2003 and went on to win the Best Animated Feature Oscar. Finding Dory is set to hit the big screen in 2015.

Other animation movies that performed well at the box office include Shrek 2, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Shrek the Third.

The Boxtrolls is released 12th September.

by for www.femalefirst.co.uk
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