Kung Fu Panda Franchise Fights Its Way Past $2 Billion At The Global Box Office – SlashFilm


Overall, “Kung Fu Panda” now ranks number seven on the all-time global charts as far as animated franchises go at the box office. The rest of the top ten is made up by “Despicable Me” ($4.65 billion), “Shrek” ($4 billion), “Toy Story” ($3.27 billion), “Ice Age” $3.2 billion), “Frozen” ($2.7 billion), “Madagascar ($2.25 billion), “Finding Nemo” ($1.9 billion), “The Incredibles” ($1.8 billion), and “How to Train Your Dragon” ($1.6 billion). You’ll care to notice that DreamWorks has several entries on that list, making it an extremely valuable asset to Universal.

Looking at the bigger picture, Universal has been the unquestioned king of animation in the pandemic era. Not only is DreamWorks under the studio’s umbrella, but they also have Illumination as well. Movies like “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” last year’s monster hit “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” and even originals like “Migration” have been there to pick up the slack. Several of Disney’s recent animated releases like “Wish” and “Strange World” have failed to deliver the goods, and Universal has stepped up to fill that void.

DreamWorks has further capitalized on this franchise beyond the big screen as well, with “Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight” airing for three seasons on Netflix. It’s been a very successful run, and there may be more to come. At the very least, this movie’s run is far from over and that total will grow a lot before it’s all said and done, as it still has many territories left to open in around the globe. 

“Kung Fu Panda 4” is in theaters now.

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