Top 30 Highest Grossing Anime Movies Of All Time

top 30 highest grossing anime movies of all time [2023 updated list]


Many of you might have noticed a recent pattern in the anime industry. A lot of franchises are launching their movies quite frequently and the demand for films, in general, seems to be at an all-time high.


Therefore, I think it would be a great opportunity for us to look back at some of the most commercially successful anime movies of all time.


These films managed to destroy the box office with their exceptional collection and still stand as some of the best pieces that the industry has to offer.


Therefore, if you want to have a bang for your buck, read down this entire list. This is the Highest Grossing Anime Movies Of All Time!


I hope you enjoy it.




1. Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train ($505,582,795)


kimetsu no yaiba- the movie: mugen train ($505,582,795)


Entity Detail
Title Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen
Type Movie
Studios ufotable
Premiered 2020-10-16
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.751
Duration 1 hr. 56 min.


This movie is a continuation of the original Demon Slayer series. It talks about our main team going on to train to fight a demon.


This demon can control dreams and make people fall into infinite sleep. However, Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke will make sure that they stop this monster at all costs.


However, there might be a secondary predicament on its way. And it will be a lot more dangerous than the current one.


This movie took the entire world by hurricane. The Demon Slayer episode 19 already broke the internet. But when Demon Slayer Mugen Train hit the cinemas, it was insane.


Theatres were packed for months even during the pandemic. That was the insane hype that this anime had offered. 




2. Spirited Away ($383,885,156)


spirited away ($383,885,156)


Entity Detail
Title Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 2001-07-20
Source Original
MAL Score 8.811
Duration 2 hr. 4 min.


This movie talks about a young girl who gets teleported to the spirit realm with her parents. However, her parents are now transformed into pigs.


And she must take care of them from these spirits around her or else she might lose them. Thus begins the journey of a young girl to strive in a completely new world while trying to safeguard her parents and escape.


Back in 2001, this movie had the highest magnitude of impact on the anime industry. For the longest time, it was the most commercially successful movie to ever exist.


And its critical acclaim made it an ideal movie for anyone. That’s what makes Spirited Away so good.




3. Your Name ($355,234,784)


Your Name - $355,234,784


Entity Detail
Title Kimi no Na wa.
Type Movie
Studios CoMix Wave Films
Premiered 2016-08-26
Source Original
MAL Score 8.921
Duration 1 hr. 46 min.


Everybody knew about this movie. Everybody! Even people who didn’t know what anime is knew about it. That’s how impactful Your Name was.


It is a love story directed by Makoto Shinkai that talks about a duo named Mitsuha and Taki. Although they have never met each other before, they are going to develop an interesting connection together.


Soon enough, they will have their bodies swapped and so, they will experience each other’s lives in the process. And while they are in a completely new realm, they will also search for each other’s bodies.


And maybe find love in the process. This is what the movie focuses on. And the beautiful narrative presented by Makoto Shinkai is said to be the key reason for this anime’s success.




4. Suzume ($319,696,958)




While on her way to school, Suzume Iwato encounters Souta Munakata, who is in search of abandoned areas.


Intrigued, Suzume guides Souta to a nearby ruin but decides to explore it herself out of curiosity.


Within the ruin, she discovers a door leading to a dreamlike universe that she can observe but not enter.


A mysterious stone she finds transforms into a cat-like creature and scurries away. Unbeknownst to Suzume, her act of leaving the door open sets off a series of events, allowing evil forces to escape and threaten Japan.


Determined to rectify her mistake, Suzume joins forces with Souta, who shares her mission to seal all open doors and prevent further havoc and destruction across the country.



5. The First Slam Dunk ($258,558,390)


The First Slam Dunk


Ryouta Miyagi, the speedster and point guard of Shohoku High School’s basketball team, employs a combination of intelligence and lightning-fast moves to outmanoeuvre his opponents.


Growing up in Okinawa, Ryouta followed in the footsteps of his older brother, a renowned local basketball player, and developed a deep passion for the sport.


Now in his second year of high school, Ryouta joins forces with Sakuragi, Rukawa, Akagi, and Mitsui as they prepare to compete in the highly anticipated Inter-High School National Championship.


Their ultimate goal is to face off against the reigning champions, Sannoh Kogyo High School, in a thrilling showdown.



6. One Piece Film: Red ($246,570,000)


One Piece Film: Red


In their childhood, Uta, the former musician of the Red Hair Pirates, made a promise to use her music to create a world of freedom.


Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Crew attend Uta’s debut concert, where her ethereal singing captivates a large audience.


However, Uta harbors a deep-seated resentment towards pirates due to a past trauma, and her joyous reunion with Luffy turns sour when she discovers his pirate status.


Unwilling to compromise his ideals, Luffy inadvertently triggers Uta’s powers, ensnaring the Straw Hats in a dream world while their bodies remain unconscious.


Racing against time, the crew must find a way to escape this nightmarish realm or risk being trapped in Uta’s dream forever.



7. Howl’s Moving Castle ($237,814,327)


howl's moving castle ($237,814,327)


Entity Detail
Title Howl no Ugoku Shiro
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 2004-11-20
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.661
Duration 1 hr. 59 min.


A Ghibli movie has paved its way to the list. And let’s just say that it is a lot more remarkable than you might have imagined.


Howl’s Moving Castle talks about a girl named Sophie who interacts with the infamous wizard named Howl. And because of this, the Witch Of The Waste turned Sophie into an old lady.


The only way Sophie can return to her normal self is by getting her hands on the cure present in Howl’s castle.


However, as said before, Howl is an infamous being. Therefore, getting into his castle and finding the cure isn’t going to be an easy task.


This movie is known for its beautiful depiction of emotions and sentiments. 



8. Ponyo ($205,162,666)


Ponyo - $205,162,666


Entity Detail
Title Gake no Ue no Ponyo
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 2008-07-19
Source Original
MAL Score 7.891
Duration 1 hr. 40 min.


One of the most commercially successful Studio Ghibli films to ever exist. After all, there’s a reason why this studio is recognized so much.


The show talks about a fish who belonged to the ocean world. However, she paved her way to the surface and met a guy named Sousuke.


As she spends more time with him, she starts to wish for a life on the surface. And so, she begins her efforts for the same.


However, his father asks her to return to the ocean kingdom. But with the burning desire, she manages to escape the Kingdom and continue working for her dream.


Unfortunately, this attempt will result in an accident that will change the course of the story.



9. Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie ($183,310,489)


jujutsu kaisen 0: the movie ($183,310,489)


Jujutsu Kaisen 0 talks about a timeline that existed before the original series.


It has a different main character named Yuta. However, just like Itadori, he is also part of the Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School because of his exceptional skills and control.


He will be monitored by experts to avoid any sort of mishap. However, his battles in this new realm of Jujutsu will continue to grow stronger and stronger.


This is going to be remarkable. And that’s what makes this movie so fascinating for new-gen anime fans.



10. Weathering With You ($190,359,277)


weathering with you ($190,359,277)


Entity Detail
Title Tenki no Ko
Type Movie
Studios CoMix Wave Films
Premiered 2019-07-19
Source Original
MAL Score 8.361
Duration 1 hr. 52 min.


Everybody knew about this film when it first hit the screens. And even now, people love to talk about it.


The story of Weathering With You is filled with love and entertainment. This movie also gives its viewers a few lessons to take note of.


The movie talks about a guy named Hodaka who comes across a girl named Hina. The thing is, Hina can make the sun appear out of nowhere.


And in this extremely rainy season in Japan, her mysterious power can be quite useful for those in need. However, needless to say, with great power comes great responsibility.


She is about to face the consequences of messing with nature. And let’s just say that they are going to be quite brutal.


Being a Makoto Shinkai film, it was bound to have exceptional performance at the box office and it did. 



11. Stand By Me Doraemon ($147,000,000)


Stand By Me Doraemon - $147,000,000


Entity Detail
Title Stand By Me Doraemon
Type Movie
Studios Shirogumi, Shin-Ei Animation
Premiered 2014-08-08
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.071
Duration 1 hr. 34 min.


This movie marks the beginning of it all. The legendary journey of Nobita Nobi and Doraemon from the 22nd Century.


This is where it all started. The story talks about the time when Sewashi, Nobita’s grandson sent Doraemon to his timeline to assist him.


Being a failure in his family, Nobita is prone to make some fatal mistakes that will destroy his entire lineage.


However, Sewashi is determined to make sure that it doesn’t happen. And Doraemon is the only person who can stop it.


Therefore, Nobita Nobi is going to have his life shift upside down when Doraemon appears for his assistance. And that will embark on a revolutionary journey that will be talked about for years to come.



12. Pokemon: The First Movie ($163,644,662)


Pokemon: The First Movie - $163,644,662


Entity Detail
Title Pokemon Movie 01: Mewtwo no Gyakushuu
Type Movie
Studios OLM
Premiered 1998-07-18
Source Game
MAL Score 7.631
Duration 1 hr. 25 min.


This movie took the entire anime industry by storm as its hype was unreal. Back in the day, anime wasn’t all that popular.


Yet, everyone knew about the rise of this film. It talks about Mewtwo, a man-made clone of Mew that was intended to become an absolute monster of a Pokemon.


Unfortunately, the plan didn’t go all that well and now Mewtwo is on its way to cloning every single Pokemon.


This is to place forth the idea of clone superiority. Ash and his group are going to tackle this monster head-on.


However, he is unlike anything we have seen before. And this battle will shake you from the core and make your eyes lose.


This is why this movie was so popular back in its era.



13. Princess Mononoke ($150,345,863)


Princess Mononoke - $150,345,863


Entity Detail
Title Mononoke Hime
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 1997-07-12
Source Original
MAL Score 8.701
Duration 2 hr. 13 min.


The reason why Princess Mononoke is ranked so high on this list is because of the impact that it made on the medium and society.


Let’s take a look at the synopsis to get a better understanding. A girl named Princess San is on a mission to secure the forests against Lady Eboshi.


And this battle will decide the fate of humanity and nature. If San loses, things won’t be looking great for the natural environment.


And this is what makes the anime so exceptional. It dives into real-world problems and provides an eye-opening perspective on them.


Because of this, the Japanese citizens were heavily influenced. They decided to have a more thorough outlook on forest reserves in their country.


I don’t think there is much anime that can perform this.



14. The Secret World Of Arrietty ($151,496,097)


The Secret World Of Arrietty - $151,496,097


Entity Detail
Title Karigurashi no Arrietty
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 2010-07-17
Source Novel
MAL Score 7.921
Duration 1 hr. 34 min.


This is yet another hidden gem in the medium that you might have missed out on. It talks about a girl named Arrietty who belongs to a special race of creatures with incredibly small bodies.


She happens to be a teenager in her family and works quite a lot for the welfare of the same.


She strives to get sugar cubes and other supplies from homeowners without them knowing. So her life continues without any major hurdles.


However, her friendship with another one of his kind named Shawn may bring some unforeseen trouble to their lifestyle. And that’s going to change her world upside down.


However, she might have a way to tackle all of these problems with courage and strength.



15. The Wind Rises ($117,924,700)


The Wind Rises - $117,924,700


Entity Detail
Title Kaze Tachinu
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 2013-07-20
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.111
Duration 2 hr. 6 min.


This movie is inspirational on its own level. And as someone who always had a dream, its narrative is going to leave a lasting impact on you.


The show talks about a guy named Jiro who always wanted to be a pilot. Soaring the high skies was always his aspiration and he strived a lot to achieve it.


Unfortunately, his eyesight turned out to be insufficient for becoming a pilot. However, instead of giving up on his long-awaited dream, he decided to take a different approach.


He became an engineer and developed two incredibly advanced planes that were used by the Government in World War 2.


However, the way he develops them and his journey to do so, makes him an exceptional individual.



16. Pokémon: The Movie 2000 ($133,946,923)


pokémon: the movie 2000 ($133,946,923)


Entity Detail
Title Pokemon Movie 02: Maboroshi no Pokemon Lugia Bakutan
Type Movie
Studios OLM
Premiered 1999-07-17
Source Game
MAL Score 7.351
Duration 1 hr. 20 min.


This time around, our Pokemon group is on their adventure on an Island. And the members of the Islands have interesting plans for our group.


The story talks about Ash and his team being in the Shamouti islands where a huge festival is about to be organized.


However, this festival won’t be a normal occasion. It is a homage to legendary Pokemons named Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno.


These creatures are known for maintaining peace and harmony in nature. However, there might be some unexpected imbalance taking place between them.


And Ash and his team might have to take care of the situation at all costs. Otherwise, the island and its citizens will be in some big trouble.



17. Dragon Ball Super: Broly ($122,747,755)


Dragon Ball Super: Broly - $122,747,755


Entity Detail
Title Dragon Ball Super: Broly
Type Movie
Studios Toei Animation
Premiered 2018-12-14
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.111
Duration 1 hr. 40 min.


The Dragon Ball franchise is known for its high-octane action and adrenaline rush. However, this movie took it to the next level.


Dragon Ball Super Broly talks about Goku and Vegeta coming across another living Saiyan from Planet Vegeta named Broly. And unlike them, this guy is exceptionally strong from the get-go.


He didn’t receive any formal training and always lived his life in the wild. However, why was he stranded on a lonely planet?


And what makes him so incredibly strong? All of these questions will be answered in this movie. And let’s just say that we might come across another fan-favorite character in the movie.


Let’s see how things go in the story.



18. Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire ($117,888,768)


detective conan: the fist of blue sapphire ($117,888,768)


Entity Detail
Title Detective Conan Movie 23: The Fist of Blue Sapphire
Type Movie
Studios TMS Entertainment
Premiered 2019-04-12
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.821
Duration 1 hr. 49 min.


The Fist of Blue Sapphire talks about Conan taking a look into a peculiar case.


There are two incidents to talk about here. First up, the world’s largest Sapphire seems to have been stolen near Singapore.


And things are already in chaos because of it. However, it will get much more interesting when a billionaire claims to release a search mission for this sapphire.


However, when he does so, an unforeseen murder takes place. What exactly is happening here and how is Conan going to tackle them?


The question which will be answered in this movie is.



19. Detective Conan: Black Iron Submarine


detective conan: black iron submarine


Prepare yourself for Detective Conan: Black Iron Submarine, the animated mystery blockbuster of 2023 directed by the awesome Yuzuru Tachikawa!


The action unfolds at the Pacific Buoy, Interpol’s marine hangout on Hachijo-jima. They’re launching a fancy new system connecting law enforcement cameras worldwide – big stuff! Now, Conan and the gang are chilling on the island when things take a wild turn.


An Europol agent gets offed by Gin, and the Black Organization kidnaps a female engineer for her USB drive full of juicy data. And hold on tight – there’s a creepy howl of screws from the ocean, and an unknown someone is getting way too close to Haibara!



20. Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer ($107,918,046)


Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer - $107,918,046


Entity Detail
Title Detective Conan Movie 22: Zero the Enforcer
Type Movie
Studios TMS Entertainment
Premiered 2018-04-13
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.821
Duration 1 hr. 50 min.


This one focuses on a major accident that will defame a renowned person and cause many lives to meet their ends.


The story talks about a guy named Kagorou who is suspected of the explosion at the Tokyo Summit’s Edge Of Ocean facility.


However, our boy Conan feels that something is a little off about this situation. And therefore, he decides to take matters into his own hands and starts his attempt to prove Kagorou’s innocence.


It won’t be an easy task considering the pieces of evidence that lie against them. However, with the mission to find the truth, Conan is going to run the extra mile and save the innocent no matter what.


Otherwise, he would be filled with shame and embarrassment.



21. Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween


detective conan: the bride of halloween


Alright, buckle up for the scoop on Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween, the animated mystery extravaganza of 2022, directed by the amazing Susumu Mitsunaka! It’s the 25th flick in the Case Closed film series, inspired by the genius Gosho Aoyama’s manga brilliance.


Here’s the plot twist: Tsutomu Muranaka, a former MPD big shot, gets a spooky death threat right before tying the knot with Christine Richard. The police are all in practice mode, prepping for any threats that might crash the wedding party. Meanwhile, a crafty serial bomber busts out of custody, and a bomb is strapped to Rei Furuya’s neck – talk about a real bombshell!


Now, hold onto your detective hats – the Detective Boys get an invite to Shibuya for wedding location scouting during the Halloween festival. And guess what they stumble upon? The same bomb Rei defused three years back! They barely dodge a blast, and the mystery unfolds.



22. Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet ($102,541,282)


detective conan: the scarlet bullet ($102,541,282)


Ladies and gentlemen, we have Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet. In this one, our boy Conan is going to find the truth about the kidnappings of top-level executives in Tokyo.


There was supposed to be a grand revelation taking place in the series. However, soon enough, things take some interesting turns.


And now, a major sports event seems to be at stake for the world. If Conan manages to get through this, he will ensure a successful launch and save a lot of lives.


And as we all know, our young minds won’t disappoint us at all.



23. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero


dragon ball super: super hero


Get ready to become a Super Saiyan with Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the 2022 animated martial arts fantasy adventure that’s got everyone talking! Directed by the awesome Tetsuro Kodama, it’s the latest gem in the Dragon Ball series, cooked up by the mastermind Akira Toriyama.


Now, here’s the scoop: The Red Ribbon Army from Goku’s past is back in action, and they’ve brought two new androids to give our hero and his pals a run for their money. The descendants of the Army’s shady leaders are on a world domination quest, and their super-powered androids are out to lay down their own kind of justice. It’s up to Piccolo and Gohan to crank their powers up to the max and face this new threat head-on!


What makes this film a knockout? Well, it’s not just the jaw-dropping animated action – there’s also some fresh character development in the mix. It’s got an easy-to-follow story, some smart fan service, and a whole bunch of action that’ll leave you on the edge of your seat.



24. Yo-kai Watch: The Movie ($99,481,307)


Yo-kai Watch: The Movie - $99,481,307


Yokai watch is one of the most popular anime series in all of Japan. Many anime fans dismiss it as a Kodomomuke anime.


But in the grand scheme, Yokai watch is a series that entertains its target very well. And this is the reason why the movie above happened to be one of the most successful ones ever made.


It talks about a guy named Nate who got teleported back in time. Why? To save the realm for good.


A corrupt person is about to change the course of the show forever. Therefore, Nate needs to go back and stop him.


However, this is not going to be an easy task. And there’s a reason why things won’t work out as smoothly as we might have imagined.



25. One Piece: Stampede ($84,372,709)


One Piece: Stampede - $84,372,709


The search for treasure continues as the One Piece crew head on to a new destination. This time, it is filled with adrenaline and excitement.


The movie tells us about the Great Pirate Festival where everyone is going head-on. Of course, for the fun and enjoyment, they have as a pirate.


A huge collection of some of the finest individuals on the ocean. This party is an absolute banger. However, to make it more captivating and remarkable, our Straw Hat Pirates are going to compete for a treasure.


And let’s just say that they are not going to let us down at all. That’s the beauty of this movie.


It is filled with so much rush that it feels like a stampede.



26. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time ($92,246,216)


Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time - $92,246,216


Entity Detail
Title Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
Type Movie
Studios Khara
Premiered 2021-03-08
Source Original
MAL Score 8.091
Duration 2 hr. 35 min.


The Evangelion franchise is known for its complexity and the beauty that lies within its complexity. After all, that’s what makes Elitist feel good right?


Either way, this film is the concluding segment for the Evangelion movie department. It takes some final looks into the narrative of the movie and places an end to all the characters and their psychology.


The movie dives into the depths of these characters and their resemblance to the past installments of the franchise. This makes this movie worthy of multiple watches.


If you are a fan of classics, this movie is a must-watch for you. Because it marks an end to one of the most renowned classics of all time.



27. One Piece Film: Z ($70,569,231)


one piece film: z ($70,569,231)


Entity Detail
Title One Piece Film: Z
Type Movie
Studios Toei Animation
Premiered 2012-12-15
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.171
Duration 1 hr. 47 min.


This movie focuses on our One Piece cast realizing a special type of stone being stolen by a renowned individual.


His name is Zephyr and he is known by his nickname Z. This guy took away the Dyna Stones and the world seems to be imbalanced because of it.


However, our pirates won’t spare him easily. And they will start to take charge of the situation. If they fail, this world might very well be in some real trouble.


However, if they succeed, things will get back on track.



28. Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island ($79,904,554)


Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island - $79,904,554


Traveling on an island with your friends seems like a dream come true. However, there are a lot of other factors that shape our experience.


And this movie is going to focus on just that. The show talks about our main cast coming across an unknown island.


And it seems to be the same one that has been shining in the news lately. They expect that this Island has precious treasure hidden within its grasp.


Our boy decides to take the next step and hop onto a ship and sail the sea. He is in search of this place and will continue to do so, no matter what.


However, things might not be as straightforward as they may seem. After all, that’s where the fun lies, right?



29. Tales from Earthsea ($68,048,658)


Tales from Earthsea - $68,048,658


The series is set in a land called Earthsea. And this place seems to be in danger now. A Mysterious force happens to take over control of this place.


And things don’t seem to align very well. However, Sparrowhawk will try his best to make sure that he gets a hold of this power.


On this journey to save the area, he comes across a Prince named Arren. And now, both of them have joined ties to assist each other for the sake of achieving a common goal.


And with one more person on the team, this group is going to tackle everything they face. They will do this with all their strength to save Earthsea at any cost.


If they fail, it will be a miserable end to everything they had ever dreamt of.



30. Pokémon Zoroark: Master of Illusions ($71,143,529)


pokémon zoroark: master of illusions ($71,143,529)


Entity Detail
Title Pokemon Movie 13: Genei no Hasha Zoroark
Type Movie
Studios OLM
Premiered 2010-07-10
Source Game
MAL Score 6.861
Duration 1 hr. 36 min.


The movie talks about Ash and his team coming across a very unique Pokemon this time.


Its name is Zoroark. This Pokemon is known for its exceptional illusions. And there’s no denying that its design is gorgeous.


With this Pokemon in place, things will get a lot more interesting for our characters as well as for viewers.


Quite deceiving yet captivating. This is the beauty of Zoroark. And that’s why it got its movie. If you haven’t watched this movie yet, give it a try.


You will love it a lot. After all, it’s a Pokemon movie. It is filled with Awesomeness.



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