Last year, records kept on shattering for Walt Disney Studios. We’ve known for a while that the company had set new records for the highest annual box office office takes in both domestic and overseas markets in 2016, but that was before the end of the year — and, crucially, before “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” hit theaters.
Now, with 2016 firmly behind us, Deadline has announced that Disney took $3.001b at the domestic box office from a total of 16 releases over the course of the year, becoming the first studio to break the $3 billion domestic box office barrier. What makes this feat all the more impressive is that they had already set a new domestic box office record of $2.49 billion in the 11 months between January and November.
The House of Mouse also amassed a whopping $7.6B worldwide over the same period, itself another record first for a studio. Two of these — “Captain America: Civil War” and “Doctor Strange” — came from Marvel Studios.
In 2016, more than half of the top 12 grossing films in the domestic market were released under the Disney banner. With Marvel Studios and “Star Wars” releases now built into the company’s film schedule and with anticipation of “Star Wars: Episode VIII” already high, it is difficult to see how any rival film studios will be able to overcome Disney’s box office magic.
The company’s first big release of 2017 is expected to be the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast.” Directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson, “Beauty and the Beast” arrives in theaters on March 17, 2017.
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