Special Report

Most Profitable Kids Movies of All Time

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35. Pokémon the Movie 2000 (1999)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$5.45
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $296.2 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $54.3 million
> IMDb user rating: 6/10 (21,985 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 19% (69 reviews)

Sometimes known with the subtitle “The Power of One,” this film centers around prophecy and such legendary Pokémon like Lugia, the god of the sea, the underworld, and the weather. Fun fact: Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were both considered for the role of the Collector, Lawrence III, in the movie’s English dubbed version. (The role went to a little-known actor names Neil Stewart.)

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34. Peter Pan 2: Return to Never Land (2002)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$5.49
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $173.5 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $31.6 million
> IMDb user rating: 5.8/10 (19,981 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 45% (97 reviews)

A lesser-known sequel in the Disney franchise, “Peter Pan 2: Return to Never Land” was released almost 50 years after the release of the original animated classic. One of the biggest reveals in this sequel is the names of the Lost Boys, which were never spoken in the original movie.

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33. The Princess Diaries (2001)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$5.51
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $268 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $48.6 million
> IMDb user rating: 6.3/10 (139,655 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 49% (117 reviews)

Directed by Garry Marshall, this hit comedy stars Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, with Hathaway, a teen from San Francisco, flying off to the imaginary principality of Genovia to learn the ways of royalty. The movie was co-produced by singer Whtiney Houston.

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32. Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$5.64
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $206.6 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $36.6 million
> IMDb user rating: 4.5/10 (41,894 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 43% (134 reviews)

First TV, then film? It’s the best of both worlds. “Hannah Montana: The Movie” features all the sitcom’s stars, as well as Lucas Till and Melora Hardin of “Macgyver” and “The Office” fame, respectively.

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31. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$5.64
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $527.2 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $93.5 million
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (33,048 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (28 reviews)

This 1954 film based on the famous novel of the same name by Jules Vern embarks a crew of mariners on the hunt for an alleged sea monster destroying ships out on the ocean. The film stars the late, great Kirk Douglas, father of actor Michael Douglas.

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