Figures show animation's growing popularity around the world. The animation industry is taking off all around the world. A study by the British Film Institute found that animation films, which were just 4.7% of all releases in 2013, accumulated 21.4% of the 2013 box office in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
That's an out-sized share for animation. It means something.
The top-earning animation films were:
- Despicable Me 2
- Monsters University
- The Croods
- Wreck-It Ralph (released in 2013 in Great Britain)
The top "Categories" in terms of share of box office were:
- Animation 21.4%
- Action 18.7%
- Comedy 13.7%
- Sci-fi 7.6%
- Drama 5.2%
- Fantasy 5.2%
- Adventure 5.0%
- Horror 5.0%
- Crime 4.2%
- Music/Dance 4.2%
It's easy to say that if you figured live action as a "category" it easily would trump animation. However, considering that animation only constituted such a small slice of the releases, yet gobbled up over a fifth of all box office revenue, such arguments fall flat. The animation in current films is popular, and animated feature films draw people into the theater.
The figures show the reality: animation films are exploding in popularity around the world.