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Top 30 Highest Grossing Anime Movies Of All Time [2023 Updated List]
Kay-Updated Jan 12, 2023
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 Top 30 High Grossing Anime Movies Of All Time!
I hope you enjoy it.
30. The Cat Returns ($65,000,000)
|Title||Neko no Ongaeshi|
|Duration||1 hr. 15 min.|
A rather unknown name for all those who are not hardcore anime fans. However, the originals will know about the impact this movie created.
The series talks about a student nicknamed Haru who tried to save a cat from getting run over. Surprisingly, the Cat turned out to be a Prince named Lune and his father asked Haru to marry Lune out of respect.
However, when she visits the Cat Kingdom, her life changes significantly. Soon enough, her freedom is placed in question and things start to seem out of place.
However, she will make sure that her dignity and liberty stay untouched. And that's when the show gets really interesting.
This movie may not reach the mainstream immediately. However, for dedicated fans, it was an emotion.
29. Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle of the Moon Exploration ($65,447,605)
|Title||Doraemon Movie 39: Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki|
|Duration||1 hr. 51 min.|
Doraemon is one of the most successful movie franchises in all of anime. And this movie happens to be one of the best-performing works they put out.
It talks about the time when Nobita was fantasizing about Moon Rabbits. And while Moon Rabbits is an incredible concept to admire, everyone knows that it isn't real.
Therefore, when he was ridiculed for his fantasies, he decided to take it as a challenge. And with the help of Doraemon, Nobita is on his way to setting up a Rabbit civilization on the moon.
They have the gadgets and resources they need. All that's left to do is put this plan into action. And that's why the series is so good.
28. One Piece Film: Gold ($65,796,025)
|Title||One Piece Film: Gold|
One Piece is also one of the most successful franchises in the medium. And its movies are known to be incredible.
This one talks about our main cast, the Straw Hat Pirates. Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, and others are all on their way to taste wealthy Gild Tereso.
He is known for being an aspiring captain and his ship is a popular one on the shores. The real deal here is that his ship is placed in a moving country of dreams.
And our crew is going to have a lot of fun there. A lot more captivating and remarkable experience. This will change the course of our show forever.
And that's why it is so impressive as a movie. One Piece fans shouldn't miss out on it.
27. Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare ($66,265,957)
|Title||Detective Conan Movie 20: The Darkest Nightmare|
|Duration||1 hr. 52 min.|
Detective Conan is another popular franchise in the medium that has some of the most groundbreaking movies to enjoy. This time around, we will be diving into darkness.
The series will have our boy Conan as the main protagonist just like always, and he will be looking for spies.
These spies have got their hands on some extremely sensitive information. And there's a good chance that they might use it for their improper practices.
Therefore, it will be great to see how Conan gets himself together to stop this group. And get a hold of them as strongly as he can.
Otherwise, international relations might very well be in some serious trouble.
26. Stand by Me Doraemon 2 ($66,606,471)
|Title||Stand By Me Doraemon 2|
|Studios||Shirogumi, Shin-Ei Animation|
|Duration||1 hr. 35 min.|
This is one of the most eye-pleasing anime you will ever watch. Imagine seeing an end to your iconic childhood character, only to realize that it is just the beginning.
This is what makes this movie so exciting. The film focuses on our boy Nobita who wishes to show his bride to his grandmother.
And with a virtuous intent, he takes her to her family and expresses her love. However, the catch is that in another timeline, the adult Nobita is not present at his wedding.
And we need to figure out the reason for his absence. This movie will bring tears to your eyes if you have ever admired Doraemon.
And that's a fact.
25. 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.
24. Pokémon 3: The Movie ($68,452,128)
|Title||Pokemon Movie 03: Kesshoutou no Teiou Entei|
|Duration||1 hr. 31 min.|
This movie focuses on a very popular Pokemon called Unown. And the story seems to reveal quite a lot of its secrets.
Our team happens to be in a place called Greenfield. And there, they can't help but appreciate the fact that a lot of new Pokemons happen to cross their path.
However, one peculiar being that happened to be up their alley was Unown. A Pokemon is known for having multiple shapes that represent multiple letters of the alphabet.
What's the deal with this being and why is it so special? All of these questions will be answered in this installment.
And let's just say that they are going to be quite surprising for all of us.
23. One Piece Film: Z ($70,569,231)
|Title||One Piece Film: Z|
|Duration||1 hr. 47 min.|
It is another One Piece Film on the list. Seems like a feast now. Either way, this one focuses on our Straw Hat Pirates again.
However, the journey and destination are quite different now. This movie focuses on our main 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.
22. Pokémon Zoroark: Master of Illusions ($71,143,529)
|Title||Pokemon Movie 13: Genei no Hasha Zoroark|
|Duration||1 hr. 36 min.|
Yet another amazing Pokemon movie has paved its way to the list. We must appreciate its excellence. The show 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.
21. 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?
20. 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.
19. 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.
18. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time ($92,246,216)
|Title||Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time|
|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.
17. Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet ($102,541,282)
Ladies and gentlemen, we have 3 Detective Conan movies coming back to back. Let's take a look at them, shall we?
First up, we have 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. This is why his movies are mentioned so many times on this list.
16. Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer ($107,918,046)
|Title||Detective Conan Movie 22: Zero the Enforcer|
|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.
15. Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire ($117,888,768)
|Title||Detective Conan Movie 23: The Fist of Blue Sapphire|
|Duration||1 hr. 49 min.|
And finally, we have the third movie in our trio, The Fist of Blue Sapphire. It shouldn't be all that difficult to realize what is going to be the subject in the movie.
But just in case, let's have a look. The movie 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.
14. The Wind Rises ($117,924,700)
|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.
13. Dragon Ball Super: Broly ($122,747,755)
|Title||Dragon Ball Super: Broly|
|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.
12. Pokémon: The Movie 2000 ($133,946,923)
|Title||Pokemon Movie 02: Maboroshi no Pokemon Lugia Bakutan|
|Duration||1 hr. 20 min.|
This time around, our 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.
11. Stand By Me Doraemon ($147,000,000)
|Title||Stand By Me Doraemon|
|Studios||Shirogumi, Shin-Ei Animation|
|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.
10. Princess Mononoke ($150,345,863)
|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.
9. The Secret World Of Arrietty ($151,496,097)
|Title||Karigurashi no Arrietty|
|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.
8. Pokemon: The First Movie ($163,644,662)
|Title||Pokemon Movie 01: Mewtwo no Gyakushuu|
|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.
7. Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie ($183,310,489)
Even though it is extremely new to the medium, the movie still managed to rise so high on our list.
And let's just say that it is only going to get bigger and bigger. 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.
6. Weathering With You ($190,359,277)
|Title||Tenki no Ko|
|Studios||CoMix Wave Films|
|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.
5. Ponyo ($205,162,666)
|Title||Gake no Ue no Ponyo|
|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.
4. Howl's Moving Castle ($237,814,327)
|Title||Howl no Ugoku Shiro|
|Duration||1 hr. 59 min.|
Yet another 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.
3. Your Name ($355,234,784)
|Title||Kimi no Na wa.|
|Studios||CoMix Wave Films|
|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.
2. Spirited Away ($383,885,156)
|Title||Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi|
|Duration||2 hr. 4 min.|
For runner-up, we have the previous record holder, Spirited Away. And let's just say that this movie was beyond amazing when it first came out.
It 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.
1. Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train ($505,582,795)
|Title||Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen|
|Duration||1 hr. 56 min.|
And finally, the number one spot goes to none other than the banger of the century, Demon Slayer Mugen Train.
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 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. And this is why Demon Slayer Mugen Train is the highest-grossing anime movie of all time.
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