The Walt Disney Studios has posted its biggest year ever at the global box office with $5,851.4M through Nov. 1, surpassing the Studios’ previous calendar-year record of $5,843.8M set in 2015.
“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,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “This success is a testament to the refined talent and innovative work the entire Studio team puts into making these world-class cinematic experiences.”
Disney has set several new industry records this year, becoming the fastest studio to hit $2B domestic (July 16), $3B international (July 6), and $5B global (July 10). 2016 is already Disney’s best year internationally: The Studio surpassed its 2015 record on Oct. 16 and has earned $3,697.1M through Nov. 1. Domestically, the Studios’ releases have earned $2,154.3M through Nov. 1, on track to surpass Disney’s 2015 domestic record of $2,278.6M within the month.
Disney’s 2016 global record comes on the heels of a powerful $87.7M international opening for Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which is now at $110.1M internationally and which makes its domestic debut Nov. 4. Still to come this year are Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana (Nov. 23) and Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Dec. 16).
Disney holds the industry’s top four global, top three international, and top two domestic releases of 2016, with three films crossing the billion-dollar mark and a fourth over $950M.
- Captain America: Civil War (Marvel Studios) has earned $1.15B globally ($408.1M domestic, $744.7M international). It is the #1 film of the year internationally and globally and #2 domestically.
- Zootopia (Walt Disney Animation Studios) has earned $1.023B globally ($341.3M domestic, $682.3M international). It is currently the #2 film of the year internationally and globally.
- Finding Dory (Pixar Animation Studios) has earned $1.022B globally ($485.7M domestic, $536.1M international). Still in release, it is the #1 film of the year domestically and the #7 domestic release of all time. It is currently the #3 film of the year globally.
- The Jungle Book (Disney Live Action) has earned $966M globally ($364.0M domestic, $602.3M international). It is the #3 film of the year internationally and the #4 film of the year globally and domestically.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Lucasfilm), which debuted in December 2015, brought in $736.6M of its $2.068B global total in 2016. Its 2016 box office alone would rank it among the top 10 films of the year.
The five films above, representing all five of Disney’s major film brands, have an average RottenTomatoes score of 94% and uniform A CinemaScores from audiences. The upcoming Doctor Strange is also Certified Fresh with a 90% RottenTomatoes score.