On the heels of such hits as Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia, The Jungle Book and Finding Dory, the Walt Disney Studios has clocked its best year ever at the international box office — and there are still another two and a half months to go in 2016. Through October 16, the offshore total on all Disney releases is $3.5664 billion. That tops the studio’s previous record of $3.5652B which was for the whole of 2015.
The all-time industry champ for a full year at offshore turnstiles is Universal which drove to $4.44B last year.
This all happens for Disney before the upcoming releases of Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which starts overseas rollout on October 25; Disney Animation Studios’ Moana, which goes day-and-date on November 23; and the kickoff of Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 14.
Disney this summer had already set a new industry speed record by reaching the $3B milestone internationally on July 6. Further records fell when the studio hit $5B global on July 10 and $2B domestic on July 16.
Let’s have a look at the breakdowns on the breakneck successes of 2016:
– Captain America: Civil War has earned $1.15B worldwide, including $745M overseas. It is the No. 1 film of the year internationally and globally.
– Zootopia bunny hopped to $1.023B globally, including $682.3M internationally. It’s the biggest animated film ever released in China with $235M and the No. 2 movie of 2016 both offshore and worldwide.
– The Jungle Book swung to $966M globally, including $602.3M from international. It holds the title of top Western film of all time in India and is the No. 3 film of the year overseas. It’s No. 4 globally.
– Finding Dory recently hit its last market, Germany, and is still playing. It has splashed up $1.011B worldwide, including $525.9M in offshore waters. It’s the No. 3 film of the year globally and is No. 6 of 2016 internationally.
Added to those is the portion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens which brought in $452.4M of its $1.13B international total in 2016 after bowing in December 2015.