Special Report

Most Profitable Kids Movies of All Time

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5. High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$24.94
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $350.1 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $14 million
> IMDb user rating: 4.9/10 (61,544 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 63% (131 reviews)

The last of this famous musical trilogy of the 2000’s, “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” did not go into production without its share of scandals. Following a leak of nudе pictures of star Vanessa Hudgens, there was speculation as to whether or not she would be involved – but happily, Disney kept her in the film.

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4. March of the Penguins (2005)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$39.20
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $190.5 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $4.9 million
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (57,642 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (184 reviews)

Narrated by the godly voice of Morgan Freeman, “March of the Penguins” follows the long annual journey of emperor penguins across the Antarctic. A French effort, it won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

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3. Benji (1974)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$63.12
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $153 million
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $2.4 million
> IMDb user rating: 6.1/10 (4,764 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 86% (7 reviews)

Benji is one smart pup. This film sets him on an adventure to save two of his favorite human children from their captors, while he falls in love with a Maltese named Tiffany. Alfred Hitchcock once revealed that this film was a guilty pleasure for him.

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2. Cinderella (1950)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$90.89
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $5.5 billion
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $60.3 million
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (155,712 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (35 reviews)

Perhaps the most famous princess of all, Cinderella made her Disney movie debut in 1950, bringing an inflation-adjusted $5.5 billion at the box office. Walt Disney himself said that one of his favorite pieces of animation comes in this film – the moment when Cinderella spins, her torn dress turning into a beautiful white ball gown.

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1. Bambi (1942)
> Box office return per dollar invested in production: +$276.40
> Worldwide box office, inflation-adjusted: $8.9 billion
> Production budget, inflation-adjusted: $32.2 million
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (139,352 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (53 reviews)

One of the most successful animated features of all time, “Bambi” tells the tale of a young buck who loses his mother to hunters, and explores the forest with his friends to discover the beauty and horror that the natural world has in store. “Man,” who is the No. 20 villain on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Heroes and Villains in film, is the only one who never appears on camera.

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