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The animated UK Box Office weekly chart toppers

Stop Press: I have now sourced the UK box office charts from 1945 to 1995 from an online source, they are as compiled and published in industry magazine 'Screen International' and cover 1969 to 1994 in their entirety plus a highly researched best guess as to what would've topped the charts in 1945 to early 1969. The overlapping years (1991 to 1994) bear only a passing resemblance to my other source for the same years, so it's seem that more than one chart was compiled, at least during the early nineties. I have therefore placed a list of earlier chart topping animations lower down this page until such time as I can find out any more.

Boxofficemojo has nearly all the weekly UK Box Office Top 10s since 1998 and the few gaps can be found elsewhere online, also wikipedia has the list of chart toppers back to 1991 though I cannot vouch for their accuracy pre 1998. Since 1991 and as of 14th April 2019 there have been 885 chart toppers (including Titanic 3D's chart top in 2012 as separate from the original version's run in 1997) of which 97 (or possibly 98, see note further down) were animations. 

They were
01. The Rescuers Down Under (OCT 1991 2wks)
02. An American Tail : Fievel Goes West (DEC 1991 1wk)
03. Once Upon A Forest (OCT 1993 1wk)
04. Aladdin (NOV 1993 1wk)
05. Thumbelina (JUL 1994 1wk)
06. The Lion King (OCT/NOV 1994 2wks + 1 separate wk)
07. The Nightmare Before Christmas (DEC 1994 1wk)
08. The Swan Princess (DEC 1995 1wk)
09. Toy Story (MAR 1996 2wks)
10. A Goofy Movie (OCT 1996 1wk)
11. Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (MAY/JUN 1997 2wks)
12. Antz (NOV 1998 4wks)
13. A Bug's Life (FEB/MAR 1999 5wks)
14. The Rugrat's Movie (MAR/APR 1999 3wks)
15. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (AUG/SEP 1999 2wks)
16. Tarzan (OCT 1999 1wk)
17. Toy Story 2 (FEB/MAR 2000 7wks)
18. Pokemon: The First Movie (APR 2000 1wk)
19. Chicken Run (JUN/JUL 2000 2 separate wks)
20. Dinosaur (OCT 2000 2 separate wks)
21. Rugrat's In Paris:The Movie - Rugrat'S II (APR 2001 1wk)
22. Shrek (JUN/JUL 2001 2 separate wks)
23. Monsters, Inc (FEB 2002 3wks)
24. Lilo & Stitch (OCT 2002 1wk)
25. Finding Nemo (OCT 2003 4wks)
26. Shrek 2 (JUL 2004 2wks)
27. Shark Tale (OCT 2004 3wks)
28. The Incredibles (NOV/DEC 2004 2wks the 1 separate wk)
29. The Polar Express (DEC 2004 1wk)
30. Robots (MAR 2005 1 wk)
31. Madagascar (JUL 2005 1wk)
32. Wallace And Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (OCT 2005 3wks)
33. Chicken Little (FEB 2006 2wks)
34. Ice Age 2:The Meltdown (APR 2006 4wks)
35. Over The Hedge (JUN 2006 1wk)
36. Cars (JUL/AUG 2006 2 separate wks)
37. Happy Feet (DEC 2006 3wks)
38. Shrek The Third (JUN/JUL 2007 2wks)
39. The Simpsons Movie (JUL/AUG 2007 2wks)
40. Ratatouille (OCT/NOV 2007 4wks)
41. Horton Hears A Who! (MAR 2008 1wk)
42. Madagascar:Escape 2 Africa (DEC 2008 1wk)
43. Bolt (FEB 2009 2wks)
44. Monsters Vs Aliens (APR 2009 2 separate wks)
45. Ice Age 3:The Dawn Of The Dinosaurs (JUL 2009 1wk)
46. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (SEP 2009 1wk)
47. Up (OCT 2009 3wks)
48. A Christmas Carol (NOV/DEC 2009 1 separate wk and then 2wks) 
49. Shrek Forever After (JUL 2010 1wk)
50. Toy Story 3 (JUL/AUG 2010 4wks)
51. Despicable Me (OCT 2010 1wk)
52. Tangled (JAN 2011 1wk)
53. Gnomeo And Juliet (FEB 2011 2 separate wks)
54. Rango (MAR 2011 2 separate wks)
55. Hop (APR 2011 1wk)
56. Rio (APR 2011 1wk)
57. Kung Fu Panda 2 (JUN 2011 1wk)
58. The Adventures Of Tintin (OCT/NOV 2011 2wks)
59. Arthur Christmas (DEC 2011 1wk)
60. Puss In Boots (DEC 2011 1wk)
61. Ice Age 4:Continental Drift (JUN/JUL 2012 2 separate wks)
62. Brave (AUG 2012 2wks)
63. ParaNorman (SEP 2012 1wk)
64. Madagascar 3:Europe's Most Wanted (OCT 2012 1wk)
65. Rise Of The Guardians (DEC 2012 1wk)
66. Wreck-it Ralph (FEB 2013 2 separate weeks)
67. The Croods (MAR/APR 2013 3wks)
68. Despicable Me 2 (JUN/JUL 2013 2wks)
69. Monsters University (JUL 2013 2wks)
70. Turbo (OCT 2013 1wk)
71. Frozen (DEC 2013 1wk)
72. Mr Peabody And Sherman (FEB 2014 1wk)
73. The Lego Movie (FEB/MAR 2014 3wks)
74. Rio 2 (APR 2014 1wk)
75. The Boxtrolls (SEP 2014 2wks)
76. Big Hero 6 (FEB/MAR 2015 2wks)
77. Home (MAR 2015 1wk)
78. Minions (JUN/JUL 2015 3wks)
79. Inside Out (JUL 2015 1wk)
80. Hotel Transylvania 2 (OCT 2015 2wks)
81. Kung Fu Panda 3 (MAR 2016 2wks)
​82. The Secret Life Of Pets (JUN/JUL 2016 3wks)
​83. Ice Age: Collision Course (JUL 2016 1wk)
​84. Finding Dory (JUL/AUG 2016 1 separate wk and then 2wks)
​85. Sausage Party (SEP 2016 2wks)
86. Trolls (OCT 2016 1wk)
​87. Sing (JAN/FEB 2017 2wks)
​88. The LEGO Batman Movie (FEB 2017 3wks)
​89. The Boss Baby (APR 2017 1wk)
90. Despicable Me 3 (JUN/JUL 2017 1 wk)
91. The LEGO Ninjago Movie (OCT 2017 1wk)
92. Coco (JAN 2018 1wk)
93. Incredibles 2 (JUL 2018 1wk)
94. Dr Seuss' The Grinch (NOV 2018 1wk)
95. Ralph Breaks The Internet (NOV/DEC2018 2wks)
96. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (FEB 2019 1wk)
97. The LEGO Movie: The Second Part (FEB 2019 3wks)
 

How many have you seen? How many do you own? Anything you can't believe topped the chart or anything you think should've done?

I am not clear as to whether the weekend of 27th October 2013's chart was officially topped by Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 or by Captain Phillips, the BBC reporting the former (by including preview takings from the previous week) and boxofficemojo reporting the latter (by excluding said preview takings), so I have not included Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 on my list as I feel that counting pre-release takings from the week before would not be something I'd accept in the context of the music charts, so I have chosen to also not count them here, though having said that I cannot absolutely guarantee that a similar situation hasn't arisen before without me knowing about it, so my stance could well prove inconsistent or seemlingly hypocritical.

As an adenda to this page here is another list of the animated movies since 2001 that had respectable box office weekend grosses of £1million+ but missed out on the top spot in the charts.

2001
The Emperor's New Groove
Atlantis: Lost Empire
2002
Ice Age
2003
The Wild Thornberrys
Treasure Planet
The Jungle Book 2
2005
The Magic Roundabout (Doogal)
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
Valiant
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
2006
The Wild
Monster House
Open Season
Barnyard: The Original Party Animals
Flushed Away
2007
Arthur And The Invisibles
Beowulf
Bee Movie
2008
Kung Fu Panda
Wall-E
2009
Coraline
Toy Story In 3D
Fantastic Mr Fox
Planet 51

2010
The Princess And The Frog
Astro Boy
How To Train Your Dragon
Megamind
2011
Sammy's Adventures: A Secret Passage
The Lion King In 3D
Happy Feet Two
2012
A Monster In Paris
The Pirates!
Hotel Transylvania
2013
Epic
Planes
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2
2014
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Penguins Of Madagascar
2015
The Shaun The Sheep Movie
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: A Sponge Out Of Water
The Good Dinosaur
The Peanuts Movie
2016
Zootopia
The Angry Birds Movie
Storks
​Moana
Ballerina*
2017
Smurfs: The Lost Village
​Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience
Cars 3
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
The Emoji Movie
Ferdinand
2018
Early Man
Isle Of Dogs
Sherlock Gnomes
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Smallfoot
Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse
2019
Wonder Park

​Ballerina (also known as Leap) was in cinemas at xmas 2016. Unfortunately my usual source (Box Office Mojo) does not have a chart for xmas weekend (23rd-25th Dec) so I have referred instead to the box office data available from the BPI for that weekend, although for other weekends the figures vary slightly from BoxOfficeMojo figures, so the figure for Ballerina in that weekend (£1.2m, the only time the film got above £1m in a weekend) is possibly larger than what BoxOfficeMojo would have shown for that weekend, meaning it may not have reached the necessary £1m under BoxOfficeMojo chart rules, and therefore it's inclusion on this list is possibly in doubt.

The earlier animated charttoppers (1945 to 1994) according to Screen International are:

01. Cinderella (1950)
02. Alice In Wonderland (1951)
03. Peter Pan (1953)
04. Lady And The Tramp (1955)
05. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
06. 101 Dalmations (1961)
07. The Jungle Book (1967)
08. Robin Hood (DEC/JAN 1973/4 2wks)
09. The Jungle Book [re-release] (NOV 1975 3wks)
10. The Jungle Book/Mickey's Christmas Carol [re-releases, double bil] (OCT-DEC 1983 7wks)
11. Beauty And The Beast (OCT 1992 1wk)
12. The Jungle Book [re-release] (APR 1993 1wk)
13. Aladdin (NOV-JAN 93/4 6wks)
14. The Lion King (OCT 1994 2wks)

The legal footnote: The Uk Box Office Chart is compiled by and the copyright owned by Nielsen EDI, now part of Rentrak (since early 2010). I believe they have been compiling the charts since at least 1998 and that all of imdb/boxofficemojo's data is sourced from them. I do not know what source wikipedia uses for the 1991-1997 data. The educated guesswork pre 1969 and chart data 1969 to 1994, used in the second list, were compiled by and are the copyright of Screen International. My selective use of all sets of publicy available data (wikipedia and imdb) and publicy published data (Screen International's in 'No1 Movie Hits In The Uk' published by Guinness) is not intended to imply any ownership of or licence to use their data or be an intended infringement of their copyright.




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