Comedy is one of the most profitable genres for filmmakers. The comedy films unlike sci-fi, adventure or action films don’t demand huge budgets. But if they manage to entertain the audience then reap huge profits for producers.
Over the years, Hollywood has struck gold by making several comedy films which really entertained the audience. However, with time, the industry evolved and comedy was fused with other genres to make more appealing films for the audience.
So unlike The Mask and other out and out comedy films like these, today we see films like Deadpool, Minions, Shrek and others which have comedy as a sub-genre along with other elements like sci-fi, action, animation and adventure. And these films sure have boosted the overall turnaround of Hollywood as an industry.
Let’s have a look at the Top 10 grossing comedy films of Hollywood.
The spin-off prequel of Despicable Me series proved to be a huge hit at the worldwide box office. Directed by Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda, the animated comedy film starred Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan & Jennifer Saunders. Minions was heavily liked by the audience especially kids and did a worldwide business of $1,159 million. Released in 2015, Minions was first comedy film to cross 1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.
2) Despicable Me 3
Following Minions is none other than the 3rd instalment of Despicable Me series. Despicable Me 3 released in 2017 and was directed by Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda. The animated comedy film did a business of $1,035 million according to Box Office Mojo.
3) Despicable Me 2
The 2nd part of Despicable Me couldn’t touch $1 billion mark as it released in 2013 but it reached very close. Directed by Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin, the film did a global business of $971 million.
4) Shrek 2
Before Minions came into life with Despicable Me, it was Shrek which ruled the comedy genre. The 2004 animated comedy film entertained the kids too much. Directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon, Shrek 2 did a worldwide business of $929 million.
5) The Secret Life of Pets
As comedy got fused with animation for big-screen entertainment, the audience really lapped it up. The Secret Life Of Pets which released in 2016 is yet another example. Directed by Chris Renaud and co-directed by Yarrow Cheney, the film did a business of $875 million all over the world.
6) Shrek The Third
The third part of Shrek released in 2007 and did wonders at the box office. Directed by Chris Miller and co-directed by Raman Hui, the film did a worldwide business of $813 million.
7) Deadpool 2
Ryan Reynolds starrer Deadpool 2 released in 2018 and proved to be a rage among the audience. The David Leitch directed film did a worldwide business of $786 million.
The first part of Deadpool was also a huge hit. The superhero comedy film did a business of $783 million.
9) Shrek Forever After
The 2010 animated comedy did a worldwide business of $752 million. It couldn’t match up to the success of its previous parts but still performed well.
10) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
The 2012 animated comedy did an excellent business of $747 million worldwide. The Eric Darnell, Conrad Vernon & Tom McGrath directorial is the 10th highest-grossing comedy film of all time.