2018 sure turned out to be quite a year for the Mouse House as Disney has announced that the company brought in over $7 billion in global box office ticket sales among its stable of films included under the Walt Disney Studios umbrella this year.
On December 9, 2018, The Walt Disney Studios surpassed $7 billion in global box office for the calendar year. This is only the second time in history any studio has surpassed the $7 billion mark, after Disney’s own industry-record 2016 global gross of $7.6 billion.
The Studios’ estimated international box office gross through December 9 is an estimated $4.069 billion, marking our second biggest year and the third biggest in industry history.
With Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns set to open on December 19, the Studios’ domestic box office through December 9 is an estimated $2.948 billion, approaching the $3 billion industry record set by Disney in 2016.
To date, four of the top eight worldwide releases of the year are from The Walt Disney Studios, including the top two global and top three domestic releases.
Marvel’s Studios $2 billion hit Avengers: Infinity War is the No. 1 film of the year globally and internationally and the No. 2 film of the year domestically, while Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is the No. 1 film of the year domestically and No. 2 globally with $1.35 billion worldwide, including $700 million in the US/Canada. Pixar’s Incredibles 2 is the biggest animated film in domestic history with $608.6 million and the No. 2 animated film of all time with $1.24 billion.
Other top titles from The Walt Disney Studios’ in 2018 are Ant-Man and The Wasp, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Christopher Robin, as well as the new Walt Disney Animation Studios release Ralph Breaks the Internet, which recently marked its third consecutive week at No. 1 in the US and has earned nearly $260 million globally to date.
How will the company fare in 2019 with blockbuster titles such as Star Wars: Episode IX, Avengers: Endgame, and more slated for release?