Walt Disney Studios got some help from the God of Thunder and a tale as old as time to push it over the $5 billion mark at the worldwide box office for 2017 (the domestic portion is $1.76B). This is the third year in a row the studio has reached the milestone.
According to Disney, it’s the first and only studio to have crossed the threshold for three years in a row. The journey was helped by Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” which will shortly (today maybe?) surpass $800 at the global box office, which ranks it in the top 7 of all movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Other films from Disney’s box office bonanza in 2017 include “Beauty and the Beast” with $1.26 billion ($504 million domestic); Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with $863.6 million worldwide; and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with $794.8 million worldwide.
You can’t get to $5 billion without some moderately performing films too. This year that means two Pixar films; “Cars 3” earned $383.5 million worldwide and “Coco” has already earned $178.9 million worldwide. Plus there was some hangover box office from 2016 films “Moana” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
Still to come in 2017 is “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” It opens December 15 and is expected to earn at least $200 million domestically in its first weekend.
It will be nearly impossible for Disney to reach $6 billion in box office gold by the end of the year. Overall market factors meant it was a weak year for the box office and that doesn’t appear to look any different in the near future. It looks likely that 2016’s total of more than $7 billion at the box office for Walt Disney will stand for many years. I hope someone got a bonus in their stocking for that one.