2016 is now The Walt Disney Studios’ best year ever at the international box office with $3,566.4M through October 16, surpassing Disney’s previous record year of $3,565.2M set in 2015.
Earlier this year, on July 6, Disney set a new industry record for reaching the $3B threshold internationally, having also set new industry records for reaching $2B domestic (July 16) and $5B global (July 10). The international milestone comes with two and a half months and three major releases remaining in the calendar year: Marvel’s Doctor Strange begins its international rollout Oct. 25 ahead of its Nov. 4 domestic debut; Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana opens on Nov. 23; and Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuts on Dec. 16.
Disney’s 2016 box office has been driven by films from across the Studios’ brands, representing the industry’s top four global and top three international releases of the year.
In addition, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted in December 2015, brought in $452.4M of its $1.13B international total in 2016.