Disney announced today that it has broken the $1.547 billion domestic box office record it set just last year. The landmark comes after Disney became the first studio to reach $1 billion in 2013 and then hit $2 billion internationally for the fourth consecutive year. Disney also broke its own international all-time record of $2.302 billion and its global all-time record of $3.791 billion in 2013 in large part to brand acquisitions Marvel and Pixar, with Marvel’s Iron Man 3 raking in $409 million domestic and $806.3 million internationally ($1.215 billion worldwide), Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World adding $198.2 million domestic and $423 million internationally ($621.2 million worldwide), and Disney-Pixar’s Monsters University taking in $268.5 million domestic and $476.4 million international ($744.9 million worldwide). Disney’s Oz The Great And Powerful added $234.9 million domestic and $258.4 international ($493.3 million worldwide) while recent opener Frozen has taken in $164.8 million domestic and $103.7 million international to date ($168.5 million worldwide). Dave Hollis, president of distribution for Disney noted that the driving force has not been in the number of releases, but that the studio has created a number of branded tentpoles that have done exceedingly well at the box office. Indeed, two of the pictures were Marvel-branded properties, one Pixar and the last one Oz. Not mentioned among today’s back-slapping, however, was Disney’s big box office flop of the year The Lone Ranger, which grossed a mere $89.9 million domestic for a $260 million worldwide return but was budgeted at upwards of $215 million.
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