In mid-October, the Walt Disney Studios clocked its best year ever at international turnstiles. Two weeks later, the Mouse now has posted its biggest year of all time at the global box office with $5.851B through November 1. That beats the studio’s own previous record of $5.843B, which was for the full 2015 calendar year. The news comes on the heels of the offshore rollout of Doctor Strange which conjured up $87.7M in its bow this past weekend. It’s now reached $110M internationally and will open November 4 in North America, China and other markets.
Among Dis’ industry records this year: It is the fastest studio to hit $2B domestic (July 16), $3B international (July 6), and $5B global (July 10).
After setting itself a new international high on October 16, the studios’ offshore total through November 1 is $3.697B. Domestically, pics from Disney, Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm have earned $2.154B, through November 1. That puts domestic on track to surpass the 2015 record of $2.277B within the month.
The Mouse has roared so far this year with the industry’s top four global, top three international, and top two domestic releases. Those include Captain America: Civil War ($1.15B WW/$408.1M DOM/$744.7M INTL); Zootopia ($1.023B WW/$341.3M DOM/$682.3M INTL); Finding Dory ($1.022B WW/$485.7M DOM/$536.1M INTL); and The Jungle Book ($966M WW/$364.0M DOM/$602.3M INTL).
The 2016 portion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is $736.6M of its $2.068B global total.
No denying Disney’s stable is having a stellar year. The five films above have an average RottenTomatoes score of 94% and uniform A CinemaScores. Doctor Strange currently has a 90% RT rating.
“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 TWDS Chairman Alan Horn. “This success is a testament to the refined talent and innovative work the entire Studio team puts into making these world-class cinematic experiences.”
Still to come this year are Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana (November 23) and Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16).