Disney Just Set A New Box Office Record, And Star Wars Isn’t Even Out Yet

Everyone knows Disney is a box office behemoth, but just how much money do the film giant’s movies make? After another strong weekend in theatres, Frozen II helped pushed Disney’s 2019 worldwide box office totals past $10 billion to break a yearly box office record set by … Disney.

Collider crunched all the numbers. The $10 billion that Disney has made at the global box office this year surpasses the previous record of $7.6 billion that Disney set in 2016. Disney’s biggest releases of 2019 at the box office have been Avengers: Endgame ($2.79 billion), The Lion King ($1.6 billion), Captain Marvel ($1.2 billion), Toy Story 4 ($1.07 billion), and Aladdin ($1.05 billion). Frozen II, after just three weeks in theatres, is close to becoming the sixth Disney movie to pass $1 billion this year. It currently stands at $920 million worldwide.

Disney’s box office fortunes are set to grow mightier still, as the hugely anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theatres on December 20. Also of note is that the $10 billion thus far does not include money made by movies from Fox, which Disney acquired earlier this year. Had those numbers been included, Disney’s total worldwide box office haul would be close to $12 billion thanks to films like Alita: Battle Angel ($404.8 million) and Dark Phoenix ($252.4 million), among others.

Disney’s Dumbo ($353.2 million) was among the company’s lowest performing films of the year at the box office, though even that number would be enviable for other films. The company’s Maleficent sequel, Mistress of Evil, pulled in $481.3 million. That was well short of the first film’s $758 million, making it a relative disappointment.

The Rise of Skywalker is set to open in theatres on December 20. Box office estimates project it to make $200 million worldwide over its first weekend. New footage from the film will debut inside Epic’s free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite later this month.

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Author: Eddie Makuch