The Walt Disney Studios crossed the $4 billion mark yesterday at the global box office in record time for the studio, running past its previous record last year by about six weeks. Not surprising this year, the studio was able to crow about its first billion-dollar summer, thanks in large part, to Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron, which has earned $1.4B.
And they will, under the tutelage of Alan Horn, push it even higher as Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur debuts for Thanksgiving and, of course, the monster: Star Wars: The Force Awakens come on December 18th.
Last year, Disney hit the $4B threshold on November 14th. The breakdown this year is as follows: $1.433 billion domestically and $2.575 billion internationally. The studio noted that this is the third consecutive year it’s reached the $4B mark. The news comes after Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out just crossed $800M mark worldwide. The animated film bowed in its final market of China on Tuesday. The animated family film is Pixar’s third-highest grossing release worldwide.
The studio’s box office was driven by top worldwide grossers Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Cinderella at $542.5M, Ant-Man still in release with a global take of $410M — this one is still to open in China (October 16).
Disney also announced the new release dates and changes and bumps — in some cases by a year (i.e. Cars 3 taking the Toy Story 3 date and pushing the latter a year later) — for 19 films.
Disney boasted several in-record-time box office milestones for the studio this year, including the fastest to $3B worldwide, $2B internationally and $1B domestic.