It was only an issue of time: Disney has set an industry record for largest global box office haul in a single year.
This policy seems to bear fruit and beyond the expectations of analysts and investors.
The studio announced in a press release on Monday that it reach the $7 billion mark globally for 2016. It indicates the very first time that figure has been reached by a movie studio.
The new landmark comes amid a year of megahits and names that overperformed. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opened to huge numbers worldwide last weekend (and is likely to control the box office for the remainder of the year), both “Finding Dory” and “Captain America: Civil War” made over $1 billion internationally, and “The Jungle Book” (just under $1 billion worldwide) and “Zootopia” (over $1 billion worldwide) did much better than Disney expected.
Universal and Disney broke Fox’s yearly record last year for worldwide gross incomes, nicely above Fox’s 2014 record of $5.5 billion. Universal ended the year with $6.89 billion, with $1.67 billion of that from “Jurassic World” and Disney followed with $5.85 billion, including $1.33 billion from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens