With $2,491.4M at the domestic box office through today, The Walt Disney Studios has set a new industry record. The Mouse tops the previous record of $2.45B which Universal revved up in 2015. Overseas, Disney has crossed the $4B threshold for the first time in the studio’s history with $4,079.5M. Universal last year was the first studio ever to tilt past $4B, ending the year at $4.44B.
Worldwide, Disney’s stable of super and animated heroes has accumulated $6,570.9M to date. Walt Disney Animation’s Moana has just begun her global voyage ($177.4M to date) while Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is on deck with international rollout beginning on December 14. The worldwide box office record holder is currently Universal which closed out 2015 with $6.89B.
Helping propel Disney’s fortunes of late, Marvel’s Doctor Strange last week passed the $600M worldwide mark. This frame, it added $10.2M worldwide ($6.5M domestic/$3.7M intl) for the following cumes: $215.3M domestic, $419.6M intl, $634.9M global. The Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer still has Japan to release, although those numbers won’t fall under 2016 as the Sorcerer Supreme waits until January 27 to enter that dimension.
This session, Doctor Strange added Thor: The Dark World ($206M) to the list of vanquished domestic totals. Internationally, it beat Deadpool ($419.5M) and will shortly pass Suicide Squad ($420.5M). Worth noting that neither of those films had a China release. Doctor Strange has amassed $110.3M in the Middle Kingdom. Globally, Iron Man 2 ($624M) was bested this frame.
The other major titles from the Mouse this year include Captain America: Civil War ($1.153B WW), Finding Dory ($1.027B WW), Zootopia ($1.024B WW) and The Jungle Book ($967M WW).
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story begins its highly-anticipated rollout in 10 days’ time, kicking off in France and others on December 14, followed by Brazil, Germany, the UK, Mexico, Russia and more on the 15th and Japan and North America on December 16. A China date is not yet fully confirmed, but is likely to slot into January.
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