The list of top 100 highest grossing movies (domestically) of 2013 (via BoxOfficeMojo) shows what a spectacular year its been for animation. The international numbers (incorporating U.S. and foreign) are even better.
Of the top 20, eighteen films were either 100% animated features, or hybrids that included a majority (more than 50%) of CG enhanced sequences and/or characters. Examine the rankings below - it isn't until the last three on the list that animation plays less of a role in the filmmaking. The first 17 films couldn't exist without the artists, designers, board artists, and animators.
Here are the top 20 highest-grossing films Internationally of 2013:
1. Iron Man 3 - $1,215,439,994
2. Despicable Me 2 - $918,573,535
3. Fast & Furious 6 - $788,679,850
4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $771,484,011
5. Monsters University - $743,559,607
6. Man of Steel - $662,845,518
7. Gravity - $652,394,288
8. Thor: The Dark World - $627,858,622
9. The Croods - $587,204,668
10. World War Z - $540,007,876
11. Oz the Great and Powerful - $493,311,825
12. Star Trek Into Darkness - $467,365,246
13. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $426,244,000
14. The Wolverine - $414,828,246
15. Pacific Rim - $407,602,906
16. GI Joe: Retaliation - $375,740,705
17. Frozen - $363,012,773
18. Now You See Me - $351,723,989
19. The Hangover Part III - $351,000,072
20. The Great Gatsby - $348,840,419
In addition to the completely animated features (in bold above), several of these film (including Gravity, Pacific Rim, The Hobbit, Oz The Great and Powerful) relied on animation for over half the visuals on screen - and many others (Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Man of Steel, Star Trek, World War Z, G.I. Joe) probably wouldn't exist - or be as popular - without CG animation. Also note that the grosses for Frozen will probably go much higher - after the film completes its theatrical run in March.
For the record - Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (#24), Epic (#27), Planes (#35) and Turbo (#40) didn't do too badly either. Each grossed over $100 million internationally - making them quite profitable to the studios despite any domestic performance or aesthetic criticism.
All in all, a healthy year for animated films and Hollywood. Here's to 2014!