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Disney notches its best box office year on record

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Disney’s global box office returns keep getting better; the studio announced Sunday its Saturday box office numbers were enough to push the Mouse’s cumulative North American total past the $2,278.6 billion domestic record it set for itself back in 2015. 

Across 14 films — three of which are carryover titles initially released in 2015 — Disney has amassed $2,308.4 billion in 2016, with Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange upping the daily count as it tops the U.S. box office for the second weekend in a row. 

June’s Finding Dory, produced by Pixar and distributed by Disney, remains the studio’s top-grossing picture of the year, with $485.9 million in receipts from the U.S. and Canada. It is also the No. 1-earning film of the year in the region, surpassing the $408.1 million total of Captain America: Civil War made via Disney’s Marvel Studios subsidiary. 

Also funneling into Disney’s record year are grosses from The Jungle Book, which made $364 million on domestic screens this spring, and March’s Zootopia, which trails just behind the live-action/CGI hybrid with $341.3 million. 


Last year’s holdovers Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Good Dinosaur, and the Best Picture Oscar contender Bridge of Spies also contributed to the studio’s landmark haul, raking in $284.7 million, $12.4 million, and $1.9 million, respectively, in 2016. 

On Nov. 2, Disney announced it had also tallied its largest worldwide box office year in 2016, exceeding its previous calendar-year record of $5.843.8 billion, set in 2015. Three Disney titles have thus far crossed the $1 billion worldwide mark: Captain America: Civil War ($1.15 billion), Finding Dory ($1.024 billion), and Zootopia ($1.023 billion). Worldwide take is currently at $6.24 billion.  

Looking ahead, Doctor Strange will finish its global run with a healthy triple-digit number, as it currently stands at $492.6 million, including $83.5 million from China and $37.1 million from Korea. It is set to open in Japan in January.

Disney still has two major releases on deck through the end of the year: Moana, which features the studios first ever Polynesian princess, hits theaters on Nov. 23, while Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, premieres on Dec. 16. Both are expected to gross well over $100 million in the U.S. and Canada. 

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