DreamWorks Animation SKG is a U.S. animation studio that has produced many of the most successful animated feature films of all time. DreamWorks has produced four of the films in the top ten grossing animated movies of all time, while Pixar has created three and Disney only one. Read on for the list of the top five grossing DreamWorks movies.
1. Shrek 2 (2004, $919,838,758)
The Academy Awards nominated Shrek 2 for two Oscars: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song. Including stars like Mike Myers voicing Shrek and Eddie Murphy voicing Donkey, this sequel tells the story of a plot against Shrek by Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother, neither of who are happy about Princess Fiona’s recent marriage to the ogre.
2. Shrek the Third (2007, $798,958,162)
Although Shrek the Third was not as critically acclaimed as the previous film, it was still wildly successful among fans and is the seventh-highest grossing animated film of all time. In Shrek the Third, Fiona’s father, the King of Far Far Away passes on, which makes Shrek the immediate successor to the throne. Shrek doesn’t want to be king, however, so he travels with Donkey and Puss in Boots, voiced by Antonio Banderas, to find Artie, the true heir.
3. Shrek Forever After (2010, $752,600,867)
Shrek Forever After, also known as Shrek 4 and Shrek: The Final Chapter, is the fourth and final feature film in the series and the first to be released in 3D and IMAX formats. In Shrek Forever After, married life has gotten the best of Shrek. In an attempt to change his fate and feel like a real ogre again, Shrek makes a deal with the duplicitous Rumpelstiltskin, who sends him to an alternate version of Far Far Away where ogres are hunted and Shrek and Fiona have never met.
4. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012, $742,110,251)
Europe’s Most Wanted is the third film in the Madagascar series, and it continues the story of Alex, voiced by Ben Stiller; Marty, voiced by Chris Rock; Gloria, voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith; and Melman, voiced by David Schwimmer, who are all still trying to get back home to the Big Apple. This is the first film in the Madagascar series to be presented in 3D, and it premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
5. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011, $665,692,281)
Kung Fu Panda 2 is a computer-animated feature presented in 3D that stars Jack Black as Po and Angelina Jolie as Tigress, and it was nominated for an Oscar, Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. In this sequel, Po Ping is residing in the Valley of Peace, but he cannot revel in past successes for long. The murderous Lord Shen is threatening the land, and Po and his band must rise up to thwart him.
DreamWorks has a long history of successful animated films, and in 2013 it released The Croods starring Nicolas Cage as a Grug, a prehistoric caveman. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is expected in 2014, and Kung Fu Panda 3, a film sure to shake up this list, will arrive in 2016.
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