Special Report

Most Profitable Kids Movies of All Time

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25. Cars (2006)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$6.59
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $645.6 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $97.9 million
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (400,521 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 74% (202 reviews)

Owen Wilson stars as Lightning McQueen, the cocksure racecar gunning to be the world’s best and fastest racer in the circuit. As with any Pixar movie, the animation is top-notch. Every frame of the film reportedly took 17 process hours to render.

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24. The Land Before Time (1988)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$6.66
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $182.7 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $27.4 million
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (86,323 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 70% (33 reviews)

This beloved dinosaur series began in 1988, following five young dinosaurs on a journey through a ravaged landscape in the hopes of reaching the legendary Great Valley and reuniting with their families. It was nominated for Best Family Animation or Fantasy Motion Picture”\ at the 10th annual Youth in Film Awards, losing out to Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice.”

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23. The Jungle Book 2 (2003)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$7.00
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $212.6 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $30.4 million
> IMDb user rating: 5.3/10 (16,120 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 18% (92 reviews)

A direct sequel to the 1967 animated film, “The Jungle Book 2” stars John Goodman as Baloo, and Haley Joel Osment as Mowgli, and reunites the rambunctious duo after Mowlgi has returned to the man village.

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22. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$7.00
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $603.1 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $86.2 million
> IMDb user rating: 6.7/10 (26,866 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 69% (42 reviews)

“Around the World in 80 Days” is a wondrous global adventure as Phileas Fogg embarks on a quest to win a bet that he can circumvent the planet in 80 days – while being chased by a policeman. The 1956 film won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

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21. A Bug’s Life (1998)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$8.07
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $709.2 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $87.9 million
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (283,979 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (89 reviews)

The second official film out of Pixar Animation Studios, “A Bug’s Life” often gets confused with DreamWorks’ “Antz,” and is considered the sophomore slump of Pixar’s filmography. Still, the movie made an adjusted $709.2 million at the box office, and is reviewed well on both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.

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