Disney box office: studio notches biggest worldwide box office haul on record
The House of Mouse has broken its own record.
With two full months and three major releases left on its 2016 slate, Walt Disney Studios announced Wednesday it has posted its biggest year ever at the global box office, earning $5.851.4 billion as of Tuesday. The massive worldwide haul surpasses Disney’s 2015 calendar-year record of $5.843.8 billion.
The news comes on the heels of Disney becoming the fastest studio to reach the $2 billion domestic mark on July 16; the studio also became the quickest to make $3 billion internationally on July 6, and $5 billion globally on July 10. Disney has earned $3.697.1 billion from countires around the world. In the U.S. and Canada, Disney releases have amassed $2.154.3 billion, and are on track to pass the studio’s previous domestic record of $2.278.6 billion in ticket sales by the end of November.
Leading the charge for Disney is Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War, released in May, which is currently 2016’s top-grossing film worldwide with a total haul of $1.15 billion. Zootopia ranks at No. 2 with $1.023 billion, followed by Pixar’s Finding Dory ($1.022 billion) and The Jungle Book ($966 million). Though technically a 2015 release, Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens made $736.6 million of its $2.068 global total this year.
With the release of Doctor Strange, Disney’s totals are projected to climb even higher as the month continues, as the Marvel flick topped the international box office last weekend, pulling in $87.7 million across its opening. Its worldwide total later climbed to $110.1 million ahead of its North American bow this Friday, Nov. 4.
In addition to Doctor Strange, Disney has two more potentially monolithic worldwide grossers on deck. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana hits theaters on Nov. 23, while Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens on Dec. 16.
“For the second year in a row, The Walt Disney Studios has reached a new high at the box office thanks to an absolutely stellar collection of releases from Disney, Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm,” Alan Horn, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said via press release. “This success is a testament to the refined talent and innovative work the entire Studio team puts into making these world-class cinematic experiences.”