‘Toy Story 2’ Makes Its Move

Never underestimate the power of Mr. Potato Head.

Toy Story 2,” featuring the talents of the aforementioned tater fellow along with other assorted playthings, approached the $220 million mark this week — securing the spot as the second highest-grossing animated feature of all time.

As of Tuesday, “Toy 2” – a computer-animated venture from Disney and Pixar — had grossed $219.7 million, surpassing 1992’s “Aladdin” (also from Disney) which now stands at No. 3 with $217.4 million, according to Baseline Inc., the entertainment industry data service.

Toy Story 2,” which was released during the Thanksgiving weekend and is still holding strong among the Top 10 films (it was No. 6 last weekend), is now second only to “The Lion King,” the top-grossing animated movie ever, with domestic ticket sales of more than $312 million. In addition to its other credits, “Toy 2” also has handily topped its 1995 predecessor, which took in just under $192 million.

Historically, 16 animated movies have grossed more than $100 million – 17 if you count “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” which co-starred real-live humans and grossed $154.1 million in 1988. All but two of the top toon grossers were released by Disney. The box-office totals for some older features, such as “Bambi” (1942) and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) include receipts from re-release engagements.

Here’s a look at the Top 10 animated film box-office champs (excluding hybrid “Roger Rabbit“), according to stats from Baseline:

1. “The Lion King” (1994) $312.8 mil 2. “Toy Story 2” (1999) $220 mil * 3. “Aladdin” (1992) $217.4 mil 4. “Toy Story” (1995) $191.7 mil 5. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) $175.3 mil 6. “Tarzan” (1999) $170.1 mil 7. “A Bug’s Life” (1998) $162.8 mil 8. “Beauty and the Beast” (1991) $145.9 mil 9. “101 Dalmatians” (1961) $143.9 mil 10. “Pocahontas” (1995) $141.6 mil

* Still in release