Thanks to a strong opening weekend for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Walt Disney Studios has broken industry records to become the first studio to officially make $7 billion at the global box office for 2016.
Universal Pictures previously held the top spot for global box office gross at $6.89 billion in 2015, but Disney’s big-budget productions with Marvel and Pixar Animation put the studio over the top. In 2016, Disney made $2.7 billion at the box office domestically and another $4.29 billion abroad from Jan. 1 to Dec. 18, surpassing the studio’s own 2015’s global box office gross of $5.85 billion worldwide.
The biggest earners for Disney this year include “Captain America: Civil War” and “Finding Dory,” bringing in $1.15 billion and $1.028 billion worldwide respectively. Rounding out the top five are “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book” and “Doctor Strange.”