Disney has biggest year ever; passes $6bn at global box office

The Walt Disney Studios passes its own box office record with over $6.07bn this year thus far with two months left to count thanks to big box office hits such as “Captain America: Civil War,” “Finding Dory,” “Zootopia” and “The Jungle Book.” In 2015, Disney had its biggest year to date with $5.851bn.

Industry-wide, this is only the second time that a studio has passed $6bn — with Universal doing it in 2015, ending the year with $6.89bn.

In 2016, Disney still has Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana,” due out on Nov. 23 and Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” on Dec. 16.

“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,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, 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.”

Disney became the fastest studio to hit $2bn domestic on July 16, $3bn international on July 6, and $5bn global on July 10.

Disney’s 2016 global record comes on the heels of its $87.7m international opening for Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” which is now at $110.1m internationally and made its domestic debut Friday.