Sequel-to-Sequel Grosses

A list looking at theatrical animated movies and their sequels at the box office, and taking actual ticket sales into account...

Before I start, I like to divide sequels into two eras...

The first animated sequel to outgross/be as successful as its predecessor was Toy Story 2 in 1999, but a handful of theatrically animated movie sequels were indeed made before that film and its predecessor were conceived. So I put everything that came out before Toy Story into its own timeline...

PRE-TOY STORY ERA

Fritz the Cat

No exact box office data seems to exist for this 1972 film and its 1974 sequel, The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat. Interestingly, the sequel to Ralph Bakshi's X-rated feature was the first American animated film that happened to be a direct sequel. Fritz the Cat did very well for an independent picture, Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat - which wasn't directed by Bakshi - bombed and disappeared into obscurity.

The Rescuers

Domestic Box Office
1977: The Rescuers - 13.0 million tickets ($29m)
1990: The Rescuers Down Under - 6.6 million tickets ($27m)

The Care Bears

Domestic Box Office
1985: The Care Bears Movie - 6.4 million tickets ($22m)
1986: The Care Bears Movie II - 2.3 million tickets ($8m)
1987: The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland - 667k tickets ($2m)

Notes: The Care Bears Movie seemed to be one of those fad films, as the toyline had probably erupted around 1985, when the first movie was released. With the sequels, you could see that success (a box office gross that grated on Disney because it was bigger than that of The Black Cauldron's) was just a one-time thing.

An American Tail

Domestic Box Office
1986: An American Tail - 12.5 million tickets ($47m)
1991: An American Tail: Fievel Goes West - 5.2 million tickets ($22m)

Notes: Despite being the highest grossing animated feature on its initial release, An American Tail's sequel couldn't duplicate even half of that success some five years later. It didn't help that Don Bluth didn't return for the sequel, and it also didn't help that Universal released it against Beauty and the Beast.

All Dogs Go to Heaven

Domestic Box Office
1989: All Dogs Go to Heaven - 6.7 million tickets ($27m)
1996: All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 - 1.9 million tickets ($8m)

Notes: While All Dogs Go to Heaven was certainly not a smash hit by any means, the situation is similar to An American Tail. Bluth directed that and the original All Dogs, the sequels were both made by others, and were rather late to the party.

The Swan Princess

Domestic Box Office
1994: The Swan Princess - 2.3 million tickets ($9m)
1997: The Swan Princess II - 59k tickets ($273k)

Notes: Perhaps it isn't fair to use these two, because the first Swan Princess barely made a mark at the box office and its sequel wasn't released in more than around 100 theaters across the nation. Still, it's an example of an animated feature sequel not being as successful as its predecessor.

Of course, the widespread success of Toy Story changed the game. This was due to several factors...

Toy Story was a critical and commercial darling, and Disney had Pixar fire up a sequel right away, and Pixar fought to get the project from direct-to-video status to high-quality theatrical sequel status. Toy Story 2 had everyone from the original involved, arrived in theaters four years after the first film came out (and being a Disney release, the original was more-than-fresh in everyone's minds), and was a critical darling. A sequel deemed the rare worthy sequel... With that, it grossed a lot more than its predecessor, sold more tickets overall, and was a big smash altogether...

CURRENT ERA


Toy Story

Opening Weekends
1995: Toy Story - 6.6 million tickets ($29m)
1999: Toy Story 2 - 11.2 million tickets ($57m)
2010: Toy Story 3 - 13.9 million tickets ($110m)
Toy Story 4 - releasing June 21, 2019

Domestic Gross
1995: Toy Story - 43.8 million tickets ($191m)
1999: Toy Story 2 - 47.8 million tickets ($245m)
2010: Toy Story 3 - 52.2 million tickets ($415m)
Toy Story 4 - releasing June 21, 2019


Rugrats

Opening Weekends
1998: The Rugrats Movie - 5.8 million tickets ($27m)
2000: Rugrats in Paris - 4.2 million tickets ($22m)
2003: Rugrats Go Wild - 1.9 million tickets ($11m)

Domestic Box Office
1998: The Rugrats Movie - 21.1 million tickets ($100m)
2000: Rugrats in Paris - 14.1 million tickets ($76m)
2003: Rugrats Go Wild - 6.5 million tickets ($39m)


Shrek

Opening Weekends
2001: Shrek - 7.4 million tickets ($42m)
2004: Shrek 2 - 17.3 million tickets ($108m)
2007: Shrek the Third - 17.6 million tickets ($121m)
2010: Shrek Forever After - 8.9 million tickets ($70m)
2011: Puss in Boots - 4.3 million tickets ($34m)
Shrek 5 - currently in development

Domestic Gross
2001: Shrek - 47.2 million tickets ($267m)
2004: Shrek 2 - 71.0 million tickets ($441m)
2007: Shrek the Third - 46.9 million tickets ($322m)
2010: Shrek Forever After - 30.0 million tickets ($237m)
2011: Puss in Boots - 19.0 million tickets ($149m)
Shrek 5 - currently in development

Notes: Perhaps it was Shrek 2's success that changed the game again. While Toy Story 2 sold about 4 million more tickets than its predecessor, Shrek 2 sold about 24 million more tickets than the first one did. Very rarely do sequels ever do that, Shrek 2 is in the league with sequels like Terminator 2 and Austin Powers in the Spy Who Shagged Me because of this... No other animated sequel released afterwards was as mighty in the ticket sales. Shrek was a serious phenomenon in the early-to-mid aughts. You can see that dipped sharply with the third film, and again with the fourth film and the spin-off.


Monsters, Inc./Monsters University

Opening Weekends
2001: Monsters, Inc. - 11.0 million tickets ($62m)
2013: Monsters University - 9.8 million tickets ($82m)

Domestic Box Office
2001: Monsters, Inc. - 45.0 million tickets ($255m)
2013: Monsters University - 33.2 million tickets ($268m)


Ice Age

Opening Weekends
2002: Ice Age - 7.9 million tickets ($46m)
2006: Ice Age: The Meltdown - 10.3 million tickets ($68m)
2009: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - 5.5 million tickets ($41m)
2012: Ice Age: Continental Drift - 5.9 million tickets ($46m)
2016: Ice Age: Collision Course - 2.5 million tickets ($21m)

Domestic Box Office
2002: Ice Age - 30.3 million tickets ($176m)
2006: Ice Age: The Meltdown - 29.8 million tickets ($196m)
2009: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - 26.3 million tickets ($195m)
2012: Ice Age: Continental Drift - 20.7 million tickets ($161m)
2016: Ice Age: Collision Course - 7.5 million tickets ($64m)

Notes: Ice Age: Collision Course's entire run - in terms of ticket-sales - was less than what the first film took in on its opening weekend some 14 years prior...


Finding Nemo/Finding Dory

Opening Weekends
2003: Finding Nemo - 11.6 million tickets ($70m)
2016: Finding Dory - 15.4 million tickets ($135m)

Domestic Box Office
2003: Finding Nemo - 56.3 million tickets ($339m)
2016: Finding Dory - 56.1 million tickets ($486m)


The Incredibles

Opening Weekends
2004: The Incredibles - 11.3 million tickets ($70m)
The Incredibles 2 - releasing June 15, 2018

Domestic Box Office
2004: The Incredibles - 42.0 million tickets ($261m)
The Incredibles 2 - releasing June 15, 2018


SpongeBob SquarePants

Opening Weekends
2004: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie - 5.1 million tickets ($32m)
2015: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water - 6.8 million tickets ($55m)
SpongeBob SquarePants 3 - releasing August 2, 2019

Domestic Box Office
2004: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie - 13.7 million tickets ($85m)
2015: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water - 20.0 million tickets ($162m)
SpongeBob SquarePants 3 - releasing August 2, 2019



Madagascar

Opening Weekends
2005: Madagascar - 7.3 million tickets ($47m)
2008: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - 8.7 million tickets ($63m)
2012: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - 7.4 million tickets ($60m)
2014: Penguins of Madagascar - 3.0 million tickets ($25m)
Madagascar 4 - status unknown

Domestic Box Office
2005: Madagascar - 30.2 million tickets ($193m)
2008: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - 25.0 million tickets ($180m)
2012: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - 26.9 million tickets ($216m)
2014: Penguins of Madagascar - 10.0 million tickets ($83m)
Madagascar 4 - status unknown

Notes: A rare case of the third film not being a drop-off from the second film. Just about topped it. The spin-off on the other hand completely crashed...


Cars

Opening Weekends
2006: Cars - 9.1 million tickets ($60m)
2011: Cars 2 - 8.2 million tickets ($66m)
2017: Cars 3 - 5.9 million tickets ($53m)

Domestic Box Office
2006: Cars - 37.2 million tickets ($244m)
2011: Cars 2 - 23.9 million tickets ($191m)
2017: Cars 3 - 17.0 million tickets ($152m) >


Happy Feet

Opening Weekends
2006: Happy Feet - 6.3 million tickets ($41m)
2011: Happy Feet Two - 2.7 million tickets ($21m)

Domestic Box Office
2006: Happy Feet - 30.0 million tickets ($198m)
2011: Happy Feet Two - 8.1 million tickets ($64m)


Kung Fu Panda

Opening Weekends
2008: Kung Fu Panda - 8.3 million tickets ($60m)
2011: Kung Fu Panda 2 - 5.9 million tickets ($47m)
2016: Kung Fu Panda 3 - 4.8 million tickets ($41m)

Domestic Box Office
2008: Kung Fu Panda - 30.0 million tickets ($215m)
2011: Kung Fu Panda 2 - 20.0 million tickets ($165m)
2016: Kung Fu Panda 3 - 16.7 million tickets ($143m)


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Opening Weekends
2009: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - 4.0 million tickets ($30m)
2013: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 - 4.3 million tickets ($34m)

Domestic Box Office
2009: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - 16.4 million tickets ($124m)
2013: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 - 14.3 million tickets ($119m)


How To Train Your Dragon

Opening Weekends
2010: How To Train Your Dragon - 5.5 million tickets ($43m)
2014: How To Train Your Dragon 2 - 5.9 million tickets ($49m)
How To Train Your Dragon 3 - releasing March 1, 2019

Domestic Box Office
2010: How To Train Your Dragon - 27.3 million tickets ($217m)
2014: How To Train Your Dragon 2 - 21.4 million tickets ($177m)
How To Train Your Dragon 3 - releasing March 1, 2019


Despicable Me

Opening Weekends
2010: Despicable Me - 7.3 million tickets ($56m)
2013: Despicable Me 2 - 10.6 million tickets ($83m)
2015: Minions - 14.0 million tickets ($115m)
2017: Despicable Me 3 - 8.0 million tickets ($72m)
Minions 2 - releasing July 3, 2020

Domestic Box Office
2010: Despicable Me - 32.5 million tickets ($251m)
2013: Despicable Me 2 - 46.8 million tickets ($368m)
2015: Minions - 40.7 million tickets ($336m)
2017: Despicable Me 3 - 29.3 million tickets ($263m) >
Minions 2 - releasing July 3, 2020

Notes: Despicable Me 2 saw a Shrek 2-like increase (14 million more tickets than its predecessor), and Minions surprisingly wasn't such a step drop-off, tickets-wise. Despicable Me 3, however, indicates that the well may be drying up soon.


Gnomeo & Juliet

Opening Weekends
2011: Gnomeo & Juliet - 3.2 million tickets ($25m)
Sherlock Gnomes - releasing March 23, 2018

Domestic Box Office
2011: Gnomeo & Juliet - 12.7 million tickets ($99m)
Sherlock Gnomes - releasing March 23, 2018


Rio

Opening Weekends
2011: Rio - 4.8 million tickets ($39.2m)
2014: Rio 2 - 4.7 million tickets ($39.3m)

Domestic Box Office
2011: Rio - 17.8 million tickets ($143m)
2014: Rio 2 - 15.8 million tickets ($131m)


The Smurfs

Opening Weekends
2011: The Smurfs - 4.4 million tickets ($35m)
2013: The Smurfs 2 - 2.2 million tickets ($17m)
2017: Smurfs: The Lost Village - 1.4 million tickets ($13m)

Domestic Box Office
2011: The Smurfs - 17.9 million tickets ($142m)
2013: The Smurfs 2 - 9.0 million tickets ($71m)
2017: Smurfs: The Lost Village - 5.0 million tickets ($45m)


Hotel Transylvania

Opening Weekends
2012: Hotel Transylvania - 5.4 million tickets ($42m)
2015: Hotel Transylvania 2 - 5.8 million tickets ($48m)
Hotel Transylvania 3 - releasing July 13, 2018

Domestic Box Office
2012: Hotel Transylvania - 18.4 million tickets ($148m)
2015: Hotel Transylvania 2 - 19.5 million tickets ($169m)
Hotel Transylvania 3 - releasing July 13, 2018


Wreck-It Ralph

Opening Weekends
2012: Wreck-It Ralph - 6.0 million tickets ($49m)
Ralph Breaks the Internet - releasing November 21, 2018

Domestic Box Office
2012: Wreck-It Ralph - 23.5 million tickets ($189m)
Ralph Breaks the Internet - releasing November 21, 2018


The Croods

Opening Weekends
2013: The Croods - 5.4 million tickets ($43m)
The Croods 2 - releasing September 18, 2020

Domestic Box Office
2013: The Croods - 22.7 million tickets ($187m)
The Croods 2 - releasing September 18, 2020


Frozen

Opening Weekends
2013: Frozen - 8.0 million tickets ($67m)
Frozen 2 - releasing November 27, 2019

Domestic Box Office
2013: Frozen - 49.0 million tickets ($400m)
Frozen 2 - releasing November 27, 2019


The Nut Job

Opening Weekends
2014: The Nut Job - 2.4 million tickets ($19m)
2017: The Nut Job 2 - 998k tickets ($8m)

Domestic Box Office
2014: The Nut Job - 8.0 million tickets ($64m)
2017: The Nut Job 2 - 3.1 million tickets ($28m)


The Lego Movie

Opening Weekends
2014: The Lego Movie - 8.6 million tickets ($69m)
2017: The Lego Batman Movie - 5.9 million tickets ($53m)
2017: The Lego Ninjago Movie - 2.2 million tickets ($20m)
The Lego Movie Sequel - releasing February 8, 2019

Domestic Box Office
2014: The Lego Movie - 32.3 million tickets ($257m)
2017: The Lego Batman Movie - 19.8 million tickets ($175m)
2017: The Lego Ninjago Movie - 5.7 million tickets ($51m) *as of 10/15/2017)
The Lego Movie Sequel - releasing February 8, 2019


The Book of Life

Opening Weekends
2014: The Book of Life - 2.0 million tickets ($17m)
The Book of Life 2 - in development

Domestic Box Office
2014: The Book of Life - 6.0 million tickets ($50m)
The Book of Life 2 - in development


Shaun the Sheep Movie

Opening Weekends
2015: Shaun the Sheep Movie - 489k tickets ($4m)
Shaun the Sheep Movie 2 - in development

Domestic Box Office
2015: Shaun the Sheep Movie - 2.3 million tickets ($19m)
Shaun the Sheep Movie 2 - in development


The Angry Birds Movie

Opening Weekends
2016: The Angry Birds Movie - 4.3 million tickets ($38m)
The Angry Birds Movie 2 - releasing September 20, 2019

Domestic Box Office
2016: The Angry Birds Movie - 12.3 million tickets ($107m)
The Angry Birds Movie 2 - releasing September 20, 2019


The Secret Life of Pets

Opening Weekends
2016: The Secret Life of Pets - 12.2 million tickets ($104m)
The Secret Life of Pets 2 - releasing June 7, 2019

Domestic Box Office
2016: The Secret Life of Pets - 43.2 million tickets ($368m)
The Secret Life of Pets 2 - releasing June 7, 2019


Trolls

Opening Weekends
2016: Trolls - 5.2 million tickets ($46m)
Trolls 2 - releasing February 14, 2020

Domestic Box Office
2016: Trolls - 17.4 million tickets ($153m)
Trolls 2 - releasing February 14, 2020


Sing

Opening Weekends
2016: Sing - 4.0 million tickets ($35m)
Sing 2 - releasing December 25, 2020

Domestic Box Office
2016: Sing - 30.6 million tickets ($270m)
Sing 2 - releasing December 25, 2020


The Boss Baby

Opening Weekends
2017: The Boss Baby - 5.6 million tickets ($50m)
The Boss Baby 2 - releasing March 26, 2021

Domestic Box Office
2017: The Boss Baby - 19.5 million tickets ($174m) *as of 10/12/2017
The Boss Baby 2 - releasing March 26, 2021

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So far, a good percent of these sequels actually end up selling less tickets than their respective predecessors. The box office totals hide this, because inflation and 3D/IMAX 3D. The ticket prices really go up and up and up! (6/18/2017)

3 comments:

  1. I just realized! Shouldn't The Wild Thornberrys be here too? They had a movie whose sequel was the Rugrats crossover, and that's mentioned in the Rugrats section.

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  2. Are you going to list ticket sales for other animated films. For instance, I know The Polar Express sold around 26.15 million tickets in its initial release, and if you include the yearly IMAX 3D re-releases, that number goes up to an estimated 29.47 million tickets sold.

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  3. Please list ticket sales for Bambi (1942), Bambi 2 (2006), Peter Pan (1953), Return to Neverland (2002), The Jungle Book (1967) And The Jungle Book 2 (2003)

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