Special Report

Most Profitable Kids Movies of All Time

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40. Toy Story 3 (2010)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$5.34
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $1.2 billion
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $232.2 million
> IMDb user rating: 8.3/10 (805,717 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (309 reviews)

The penultimate film in the Toy Story franchise, “Toy Story 3” tells the bittersweet tale of Andy’s departure to college and our favorite toys’ adventures from Andy’s house to a chaotic daycare to a new child. Did you know that Pixar teased “Cars 2” inside Andy’s room in this movie?

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39. Toy Story 4 (2019)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$5.37
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $1.1 billion
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $200 million
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (234,149 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (453 reviews)

The fourth and final installment of the Toy Story film series gives a warm-hearted sendoff to everyone’s favorite cowboy, as Woody leaves Buzz and the gang for Bo-Peep, with the two living in the world on their own, without a child to care for. The film also has an all-star cast, including Key and Peele, Keanu Reeves, Carl Weathers, and more.

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38. Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$5.38
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $223.8 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $41.6 million
> IMDb user rating: 5.9/10 (55,033 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 55% (129 reviews)

This garden-set spin on the Shakespearean classic stars James McAvoy and Emily Blunt voicing the title characters. Initially, Ewan McGregor and Kate Winslet were set to star as the star-crossed lovers, but were later recast.

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37. Rio (2011)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$5.42
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $563.1 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $104 million
> IMDb user rating: 6.9/10 (220,968 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 72% (150 reviews)

In a lesser-known animated film by 20th-Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, “Rio” stars Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway voicing the tale of a Minnesota-raised blue macaw who winds up in Rio de Janeiro without knowing how to fly. The plot was partially based on the true story of Presley, a rare Brazilian Spix’s macaw found living in Colorado.

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36. Chicken Run (2000)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$5.42
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $387.1 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $71.4 million
> IMDb user rating: 7.1/10 (187,103 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (173 reviews)

This stop-motion animated feature by DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations tells the tale of Rocky Rhodes (Mel Gibson), a circus rooster who crash-lands into a barn full of desperate chickens, who he helps escape. Many of the small-scale objects in the film were real; sewing was done with toothpicks and that was a real lightbulb in Hut 17.

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