With the box-office tallies for 2018 all added up, the film business hit an all-time best benchmark of $11.9 billion in North America and $41.7 billion globally, with Disney taking in nearly 20% of that total haul.
ComScore announced the final figures on Wednesday with Disney nabbing $7.33 billion globally, behind only its own 2016 record of $7.61 billion. Its $3.09 billion domestic haul though is a new industry record ahead of Disney’s previous record of a flat $3 billion in 2016, and its domestic market share was 26.1%.
Universal beat Warner Bros. for second place in North America with $1.96 billion compared to $1.93 billion. Fourth was Sony with $1.28 billion, fifth was Fox with $1.24 billion, sixth was Paramount with $757 million. Lionsgate was seventh with $389 million, followed by STX at $269.6 million and MGM at $164 million.
Worldwide moviegoing gained 2.7% with most of that coming from North America where domestic grosses surged 7% from 2017 along with an increase in actual attendance thanks to a diverse slate of films.