Top 5 Highest-Grossing Anime Movies of All Time

A still from Demon Slayer Mugen Train movie

It has been quite a journey to witness anime gaining immense popularity, especially in the past few years. Over the years, anime has not just been about the narratives that have been soaring to new heights, but also about its box office numbers. Let us take a look at the cinematic world of anime, these films have not only earned immense popularity but have also left an indelible mark on the industry with their record-breaking revenues. Here are the top 5 highest-grossing anime movies of all time.

Top 5 Highest-Grossing Anime Movies

5) The First Slam Dunk

Top 5 Highest Grossing Anime Movies of All Time
Image Courtesy of Toei Animation and DandeLion Animation

The first Slam Dunk was highly appreciated by its fans. According to them, the animation was beautiful and striking, blending 2D and 3D styles. It featured heart-pounding action on the court, along with touching and relatable backstories of many of the team members. The soundtrack was also remarkable, particularly in the heavy-rock-tinged action scenes.

The movie has been commercially very successful also winning an award for the best animation of the year from the Japan Academy Film Prize Association. It has earned a lot of praise from critics and made $246,570,000 at the box office.

4) Suzume

Top 5 Highest Grossing Anime Movies of All Time
Suzume from Suzume no Tojimari | Image via IMDB

Once again, Shinkai has delivered another movie with stunning animation and an exceptional soundtrack. Even though Suzume has faced substantial criticism for not living up to the standards set by Your Name, the movie has grossed over $322 million worldwide, such massive earnings make Suzume the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2022 in Japan and the fourth-highest-grossing Japanese film of all time.

3) Your Name

Top 5 Highest Grossing Anime Movies of All Time
Image Courtesy of Makoto Shinkai and CoMix Wave Films

Your Name has grossed over $382.2 million worldwide and over $5 million in the US and Canada by 2023, making it second place in the list. Your Name has received several accolades, including the Best Animated Feature at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, the 49th Sitges Film Festival, and a few more. This poignant story of two young individuals has resonated deeply with the majority of its viewers.

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2) Spirited Away

Top 5 Highest-Grossing Anime Movies of All Time
Spirited Away (2001).(Image credit goes to Studio Ghibli)

Spirited Away, a celebrated Japanese animated film by Hayao Miyazaki, follows Chihiro’s magical adventure in a spirit world. The movie has earned widespread acclaim, with a global box office total of US$395,802,070, showcasing its enduring popularity and enchanting storytelling.

1) Demon Slayer the movie: Mugen Train

Top 5 Highest Grossing Anime Movies of All Time
A still from Demon Slayer Mugen Train movie | Image Courtesy via IMDB

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train was a massive hit, garnering overwhelmingly positive reviews. The film was praised for its stunning animation, emotional story, and exciting action sequences. The fight scenes were remarkable, the jokes resonated with the audience, and the animation was among the finest in its genre.

The worldwide box office total for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train is over $507 million from more than 41 million tickets sold, making it the highest-grossing film of 2020 as well as the highest-grossing anime and Japanese film of all time.


All in all, these are the giants of the Anime Movie Industry. What do you think, will The Boy and The Heron usurp one of the thrones, or will they continue to keep their seat? Comment down below!!

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