A blockbuster year is putting it mildly for Disney. With the news that Pixar’s Toy Story 4 crossed the hallowed $1bn mark at the global box office last week, the studio made movie history as the first to cross the milestone with five different films in the same year.
Avengers: Endgame ($2.79bn), The Lion King ($1.34bn), Captain Marvel ($1.12bn) and Aladdin ($1.03bn) have all topped $1bn at the global box office this year.
The only other movie to keep pace this year was $1.1bn earner Spider-Man: Far From Home, but even that has traces of Disney’s magic dust as a Sony Pictures movie co-produced with Marvel Studios.
Despite setting a record few can imagine being topped anytime soon, Disney could grow this to seven billion-dollar movies by the year end.
The company is yet to release two of the year’s most anticipated sequels: Frozen 2, a follow-up to Anna and Elsa’s 2013 runaway hit, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which closes out the most recent trilogy in the long running space saga. Both are pegged by analysts for a strong chance to gross a billion or more globally.
Closing out the current iterations of its two biggest franchises, Marvel and Star Wars, meant 2019 was always destined to be a big one for Disney.
The company will also close the year out with the launch of its Netflix rival, Disney Plus. The streaming service will go live in the States this November, and with pricing significantly lower than the competition, experts predict an immediate influx of subscribers throughout the Christmas and holiday period.