After experiencing a record-setting performance at the global box office last year with over $7 billion in ticket sales, Disney is on the verge of raising the ticket sales bar to an even higher level in 2019 as global box office sales are approaching the $10 billion figure. And as Variety points out in their article, these impressive box office numbers have been achieved this year without sales from The Rise of Skywalker factored in as the film is under two weeks away from arriving in theaters.
Early estimates put Episode IX at bringing in $175 million – $200 million from US opening weekend box office ticket sales, so you add those numbers to Disney’s existing 2019 global box office tally and you have the makings of an unmatched entertainment business juggernaut.
Thanks to a record number of billion-dollar blockbusters, Disney has become the first studio in history to surpass $10 billion at the worldwide box office.
Through Sunday, the studio has generated $3.28 billion in North America and $6.7 billion overseas for a global haul of $9.997 billion and is expected to officially cross the benchmark within the next day. Disney smashed its own global box office milestone — set in 2016 with $7.6 billion — back in July after the success of “Avengers: Endgame” and “The Lion King.” All the more impressive, the studio hit the new high-water mark even before “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the final chapter in the Skywalker saga, arrives in theaters Dec. 20.
Those ticket sales don’t include Fox titles like “Ford v Ferrari” or “Dark Phoenix.” When accounting for movies it acquired after inheriting Fox’s film empire, that bounty is pushed to $11.9 billion.