Thanks to a few surprise performers and its heavy hitters doing as projected, Disney is just days away from breaking the company’s box-office record.
The house that Walt built is also looking to set a new industry record by the time 2016 is over.
The studio has earned $5.81 billion in global ticket sales as of November 1, according to Variety, and will likely surpass the $6 billion mark after this weekend’s worldwide opening of “Doctor Strange,” a Marvel movie.
Disney’s previous record-setting year was 2015, with $5.84 billion in worldwide total gross (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” played a big part in that).
But the industry record was set by Universal last year with $6.89 billion, thanks to hits like “Jurassic World” and “Furious 7.”
This year, it seems everything Disney releases turns to gold. “Zootopia” and “The Jungle Book” did better than anyone expected (“Zootopia” surpassed $1 billion worldwide, “The Jungle Book” is just under that mark). And “Finding Dory” as well as “Captain America: Civil War” were the huge blockbusters everyone thought they would be (“Dory” and “Civil War” are slots one and two, respectively, in the top domestic earners of 2016).
The strength of Disney’s Marvel and Pixar properties mask the few disappointments the studio has had so far, such as “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and “The BFG.”
But Disney isn’t through yet. After “Doctor Strange,” it still has coming out this year “Moana” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first standalone “Star Wars” film.
Earlier this year, Disney became the fastest studio to ever hit the $2 billion domestic mark, $3 billion international, and $5 billion globally in one year.
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