Buoyed by the strength of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Frozen, Captain America and Maleficent, The Walt Disney Co. will cross $1B in domestic box office today after reaching $2B internationally on August 4th. Disney also crowed today that it moved into second place in domestic market share and that it marks the ninth consecutive year and 18th year overall that the studio has reached the $1B threshold. To put this in some perspective, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen, which opened in November 2013, played well into 2014. It has earned over $1.27B worldwide. That one picture.
So, the studio has made that $3B global threshold for the fifth consecutive year and the eighth time ever and has been the fastest Disney has ever gotten there. As studios tout these numbers, which are good for chest pounding, the more interesting numbers would be the spreadsheet showing which pictures sailed to profitability. Maybe one day, right? (Ahem).
After Frozen played itself out domestically, April saw the bow of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, followed a month later by the Memorial Day opening hit of Maleficent which is now at $732M globally (domestic makes up $235.3M+ of that). Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened to $95M and has made over $259.3M domestically and 713.7M worldwide.
The studio then closed its summer (with the exception of this weekend’s The Hundred-Foot Journey) with Guardians breaking August records to open at $94.3M; Guardians is expected to have a solid 2 to 3.5 multiple. As I reported in this weekend’s Box Office Preview story, the weekday numbers for Guardians have been very strong. It logged the No. 1 non-holiday Monday with $11.7M, the No. 1 Tuesday with $11.9M and yesterday just chalked up $8.8M for a total domestic gross of $126.8M. (That’s a $10.8M average over three days). So, here’s the deal: it set industry records for the biggest August Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as well.
Disney notes that this was Marvel Studios 10th release and its 10th consecutive No. 1 domestic opening. Already in 42 international territories, Guardians‘ $92.5M gross brings its worldwide total to $219.3M through August 6.
As previously reported, Disney reached the $2B for its fifth consecutive year and in record time, besting 2013 by about three weeks.