Special Report

Most Profitable Kids Movies of All Time

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20. Babe (1995)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$8.20
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $518.2 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $63.2 million
> IMDb user rating: 6.9/10 (123,193 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (70 reviews)

Babe is a brilliant little piggie, and he can herd sheep. This 1995 movie was released in the Year of the Pig – and due to the rapid growth rate of piglets, 48 baby pigs had to be cast in the making of the movie.

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19. The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$8.37
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $188.8 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $22.6 million
> IMDb user rating: 7/10 (26,945 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 84% (19 reviews)

The fourth film of the Pink Panther franchise, this movie included a Julie Andrews cameo that ended up being cut. (She was meant to be a maid removing the unconscious, ever-bumbling Inspector Clouseau – Peter Sellers – from another character’s room.)

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18. Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$9.40
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $312.9 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $33.3 million
> IMDb user rating: 6.4/10 (122,953 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 51% (115 reviews)

Willem Dafoe stars alongside Rowan Atkinson in “Mr. Bean’s Holiday,” a 2007 comedy set in the south of France. There are red carpet scenes in the film, which were filmed at the actual Cannes Film Festival that year.

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17. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$9.49
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $1.2 billion
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $122.1 million
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (385,976 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (161 reviews)

One of the all-time classics of cinema, “The Wizard of Oz” has remained a movie masterpiece for almost 100 years. Many scenes featuring the Wicked Witch of the West, one of the most infamous cinema villains of all time, had to be cut from the movie, as her performance was thought to be too frightening for audiences.

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16. The Muppet Movie (1979)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$9.58
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $284.3 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $29.7 million
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (35,415 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 88% (52 reviews)

The Muppets meet for the first time in “The Muppet Movie,” a loveable 1979 film about Kermit the Frog’s ambition to become a movie star. Although it may look easy, the scene of Kermit riding a bicycle was one of the most technologically difficult feats of the whole film.

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