2016 is Disney’s Biggest Year at the Box Office – Ever
Walt Disney Studios had a record-setting 2015 with hits like Cinderella, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Inside Out, Ant-Man, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making 2015 Disney’s biggest box office year ever globally, internationally, and domestically. The studio – whose output is produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Pixar – is home to the four top-grossing films of the year, Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia, Finding Dory, and The Jungle Book.
As of November 1st – and with box office tallies still yet to arrive for Doctor Strange (in theaters now) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, both poised to be major hits – Disney has achieved its biggest year ever worldwide with $5.85 billion, surpassing 2015’s $5.84 billion. “For the second year in a row, the Walt Disney Studios has reached a new high at the box office thanks to an absolutely stellar collection of releases from Disney, Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm,” Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said Wednesday in a statement. “This success is a testament to the refined talent and innovative work the entire studio team puts into making these world-class cinematic experiences.”
Part of 2016’s revenue includes a $736.6 million carryover of ticket sales from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which released in late December 2015 and hauled in a staggering $2.068 billion worldwide (making it the third highest grossing film of all time). Captain America: Civil War brought in a massive $1.15 billion, while Zootopia earned $1.023 billion, Finding Dory swam to $1.022 billion, and The Jungle Book roared to $966 million. When Dory reached $1 billion worldwide last month, it became the fifth highest-grossing animated film of all time and now stands as 2016’s highest-grossing domestic release with $485 million.
Johnny Depp-starrer Alice Through the Looking Glass bombed, the Steven Spielberg-directed The BFG proved to be an unfortunate box office disappointment, and Pete’s Dragon also failed to sore to worthwhile heights, but Disney’s Doctor Strange has already grossed $110.1 million overseas – and it’s expected to earn quite a bit as the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster now rolls out in North America and beyond. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana will also be another big performer for the studio when it hits theaters this Thanksgiving, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – the first of many planned Star Wars spinoff films – will undoubtedly own the global box office when it arrives on December 16th.
Don’t expect Disney to slow down in 2017, either – in addition to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok, expect their live-action re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Pixar’s Cars 3, and (most of all) Star Wars: Episode VIII all to clean up in a big way come next year. It’s a good time at the Mouse House.