Walt Disney Studios has broken a record this time for the whole studio. The global box office take for Disney in 2016 thus far has surpassed $7 billion, the first time a major studio has crossed that mark in a year.
The recent opening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is what pushed the studio pass that mark. Rogue One had a $290M global opening, making it the second-largest in December only behind The Force Awakens.
The Studio has been firing on all cylinders and been pumping out hit after hit across its brands. Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, MarvelStudios, and Lucasfilm have all delivered films that have been top earners for the mouse house.
In fact when you look at the top 10 films of 2016 globally, domestically, and internationally it is Disney that owns the top five films. Captain America: Civil War, Rogue One, The Jungle Book, and Finding Dory all opened above $100 M at the domestic box office. The studio also owns five of the top six domestic openings in industry history.
“This historic achievement is possible because all of our film studios are bringing their absolute best to the table, telling great stories of all kinds that resonate with audiences across borders, gender, and generations,” said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in a statement. “These films work because each one has not only something for everyone, but everything for someone. It’s our honor to be able to create these experiences for audiences, and we’re thankful to them for continuing to come out to the theater with us.”
The big box office numbers for Disney help add to the big Hollywood total of 2016 that is currently on pace to beat 2015’s $ 11 billion dollars in domestic tickets.