With three Marvel Studios blockbusters and Pixar's Incredibles 2, Disney has posted their second highest-earning year in the studio's entire history after global box office totals were tallied yesterday.
After this past weekend, Disney's 2018 combined box office totals stand at $6.46 billion, surpassing last year's $6.45 billion. $2.74 billion of the total was accumulated from the domestic box office while the overseas market continues to see major gains bringing in $3.72 billion and counting. The current record holder for the top spot for both the studio and any studio within a single year is 2016 which saw Disney earn $7.6 billion while Universal still holds the second overall spot at $6.89 billion earned worldwide in 2015.
Three of Disney's 2018 releases to date have earned over $1 at the global box office including February's Black Panther ($1.34 billion), April's Avengers: Infinity War ($2.04 billion), and June's Incredibles 2 ($1.18 billion). Additionally, July's Ant-Man and The Wasp has outperformed its 2015 predecessor earning $617 million while last month's Christopher Robin has become highest-earning Winnie the Pooh film of all time with totals currently at $153.7 million worldwide.
Despite performing well below expectations, May's Solo: A Star Wars Story still earned $393 million globally while the early months of 2018 saw strong box office finishes for Pixar's Coco ($266.9 million earned in 2018) and LucasFilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($292.9 million earned in 2018) which both initially opened in the final months of 2017.
With the studio poised to open The Nutcracker and the Four Realms along with Ralph Breaks the Internet in November and Mary Poppins Returns in December, Disney is well on its way to have its strongest year at the box office of all time.