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Disney's $7bn intake makes history at the box office

2016-12-20 17:01
 

Los Angeles - A huge debut for Rogue One has seen Walt Disney Studios become the first distributor in history to hit $7bn in annual global box office receipts, it said Monday.

The $290m worldwide opening for the Star Wars spinoff puts Disney's haul for 2016 at $2.7bn in North America, also an industry record, and $4.3bn elsewhere.

It is the first year in which all five of Walt Disney Studios' top brands - Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm - have released movies.

"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," said Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios.

"These films work because each one has not only something for everyone, but everything for someone. It's our honour 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.

Even before Rogue One came out, hits such as Finding Dory, Captain America: Civil War and Zootopia ensured the studio had beaten last year's record $5.8bn by the end of October and was comfortably on track to pass the record of $6.9bn set by Universal in 2015.

Disney has set several records this year, becoming the fastest studio ever to hit $2bn domestically and $5bn at the global box office, both in July.

It has not been entirely plain sailing, as Alice Through The Looking Glass and The BFG were deemed commercial flops.

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderla

Coastguard drama The Finest Hours also sank without a trace, with Variety magazine reporting that Disney was expecting losses of around $75m from the film.

On the other side of the ledger, the studio had three hits in 2016 that passed the illustrious $1bn global mark - Captain America ($1.2bn), Finding Dory, ($1.03bn) and Zootopia ($1.02bn).

The Jungle Book made $967m, while Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted in December last year, brought in $737m of its $2.1bn global take in 2016.


Those five films scored an average 94% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, which aggregates the reviews for all releases.

Rogue One, which is yet to open in the vast Chinese market, is expected to do better than all of these, although much of its global take will come in 2017.


(Photos: Disney)

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