Move over, Universal. It looks like Disney now ranks as the fastest studio to rake in over $5 billion at the worldwide box office.
As of last year, the coveted title was held by Universal as their release of Jurassic World ate its way through the competition to push the studio’s grosses over $5 billion by July 17th. However, Disney has just overtaken its rival this year as it blew past the record-breaking earning on July 10th.
Looking at Disney’s film releases this year, it’s easy to understand how Mickey Mouse dominated the competition as the studio has had several huge hits. Pixar’s Finding Dory, which now stands as the highest-grossing domestic flick of the year, has raked in over $643 million worldwide so far. Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War leads the international grosses with over $1.15 billion while Disney’s Zootopia came in at a close $1.02 billion. Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book also fared well with global audiences as the film raked in $936 million. These lucrative films were also all preceded by Disney’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens which grossed nearly $2.1 billion globally last year. With these different films under their belt, Disney holds 4 of the Top 5 highest-grossing domestic films of 2016 with only Fox’ Deadpool standing in their way.
Pulling in over $5 billion in today's competitive global market is no easy task, but Disney’s expansive franchises have helped bolster the studio’s line-up. And, as 2016 moves past its midway point, Disney still has more films slated to release before the new year. August will find Pete’s Dragon hitting theaters before Doctor Strange and Moana debut in November. And, of course, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will reach cinemas in December to excite sci-fi fanatics.
Disney is still bringing in bucks as Finding Dory continues swimming in cash. The film recently debuted in Korea to rave reviews and other major international premieres are still left as Mexico, Japan, the UK, Italy, and Germany are all waiting to see the forgetful blue tang following Finding Nemo's release.