Just a few short days ago, The Walt Disney Studios posted its biggest year of all time at the global box office, landing $5.851B to best the 2015 full-year record. Now, thanks to the spellbinding Doctor Strange, the Mouse has topped itself once again by speeding past the $6B mark — hitting it for the first time in the company’s history. As of today, Disney’s worldwide box office sits at $6.07B.
This is only the second time in industry lore that a studio has levitated past the $6B threshold. Universal accomplished the feat in September last year, ending 2015 with a total $6.89B. There’s every chance that Disney could top that by the time the ledgers close on 2016. Still to come this year are Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana (November 23) and Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16).
Currently, Disney’s fortunes are enjoying a tonic from Marvel’s Doctor Strange and its $325.4M global cume through Sunday. The movie is only in its first frame domestically, where it opened to $85M. Internationally, the cume is $240.4M with hefty hauls in China, Korea, the UK and Russia so far.
Elsewhere this weekend, Finding Dory put a fin past Zootopia to become the No. 2 release of 2016 at the global box office with $1.024B. The forgetful blue tang also now stars in the No. 4 animated movie of all time.
The other major Disney stars of 2016 include Captain America: Civil War ($1.15B); Zootopia ($1.023B); and The Jungle Book ($966M).