So it turns out the House of Mouse is doing gangbusters business all over the globe with its movies, I know, shocker. Not even the failure of The Lone Ranger couldn’t keep Disney from setting a new record for the studio at the box office.
Despite having released only 9 features in 2013, Buena Vista announced in a press release yesterday that they passed $4 billion worldwide on November 26th. A big help for the studio were Iron Man 3, which led the pack with a massive $1.2 billion, Monsters University ($743.4 million), Thor: The Dark World ($552.2 million and still climbing) and Oz the Great and Powerful ($493.3 million). Those four alone generated a combined gross of over $3 billion for Disney.
Then there was also the infamous The Lone Ranger ($260.5 million on a $215 million budget) and spin-off Planes ($219.5 million), so another half a billion there.
Finally, way down we have Delivery Man ($10.9 million) and The Fifth Estate ($8.5 million). Now granted, Delivery Man only had a week in release but even so, I doubt we’ll see this one reach $100 million.
The rest of the money came from 2012 holdovers like the 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc., Lincoln or Wreck-It Ralph.
With $3.79 billion, 2010 held the record for Disney previously (both Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland grossed over $1 billion worldwide that year).
Up next for Disney are animation Frozen (expected to make anywhere from $400 to 500 million or more worldwide) and biographical Saving Mr. Banks ($200 million or more, although most of that will come in 2014). Either way Disney will make over $4.5 billion by the end of the year, a number which won’t be easy to beat. I would say 2015 has a good shot but since Star Wars comes out at the end of the year, will definitely make things harder.