Following the outstanding opening weekend for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Walt Disney Studios managed to break the record for yearly global box office gross. Today, the film studio was able to earn $7 billion in a single calendar year.
The previous yearly box office record was set by Universal Studios. This film studio managed to pull in $6.9 billion worldwide in 2015.
The numbers shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise though, considering that Walt Disney Studios is responsible for this year’s four highest-grossing movies. “Captain America: Civil War” was by far their best earner, having brought in $1.15 billion at the worldwide box office.
“Finding Dory” came in second, with $1.03 billion, and “Zootopia” took the third place with $1.02 billion internationally. Although it didn’t manage to pass the $1 billion mark, “The Jungle Book” is this year’s fourth highest-grossing film, with more than $967 million worldwide.
It’s worth noting that Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” reeled in $653 million internationally, and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” earned $290.5 million in just five days.
The chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn, released a statement in which he said that “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. 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.”