Wth the $290.5 million worldwide opening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” over the weekend, Disney Pictures’ status as a studio superpower has been re-affirmed as the studio on Monday crossed $7 billion in ticket sales at the 2016 global box office.
That bests the industry record set last year by Universal with $6.9 billion. With its ownership of Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Pixar, Disney live-action and Disney Animation Studios – Disney commands an unprecedented portion of market share with their films accounting for more than 24% of all film tickets sold in North America.
The company has released the four top-grossing films of 2016 so far: Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” ($1.15 billion), Pixar’s “Finding Dory” ($1.03 billion), Disney Animation’s “Zootopia” ($1.02 billion) and, from its live-action division’s “The Jungle Book” ($967 million).
Chuck in a further $652.9 million for Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”, and $280.3 million so far for “Moana” and the studio’s dozen film releases this year helped pushed it to this record high. It’s only real dud, “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” still managed just shy of $300 million.
Additionally they’ve been well-received wth all domestic releases this year earning an A-range CinemaScores from audiences, and seven scoring over 90% on RottenTomatoes.