Star Wars: The Last Jedi has pushed Walt Disney Studios past the $6 billion dollar mark at the 2017 worldwide box office, making Disney the first-ever studio to cross that marker twice, Variety reports.
Disney pulled in an unprecedented $7.6 billion haul globally last year, propelled by massive hits like Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War ($1.15 billion) and Doctor Strange ($677 million), Disney Pixar's Finding Dory ($1.02 billion), Jon Favreau's live-action The Jungle Book ($966 million), Walt Disney Animation Studios' Zootopia ($1.02 billion) and Moana ($643 million), and Lucasfilm's Star Wars standalone Rogue One ($1.05 billion).
2017 marks Disney's third consecutive year of crossing $5 billion at the global box office, the only studio to ever accomplish such a feat.
Disney's highest-earning production of the year to date is March's live-action Beauty and the Beast, which pulled in $1.2 billion worldwide.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is expected to cross the $1 billion milestone this week, after earning more than $100 million in its first day at the box office — just the second movie in history to do so, behind only 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Disney-owned Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok proved massive earners for the studio, pulling in $863 million and $844 million. Thor is still playing and continues to add to its haul.
Fifth franchise installment Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales grossed $794 million over the summer and Pixar's Cars 3 added $383 million to Disney's summer earnings. Pixar's second release of the year, Coco, is faring even better with a growing box office take that currently sits at $488 million.
The studio also holds the top three domestic openings of the year with The Last Jedi ($220 million), Beauty and the Beast ($174 million), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146 million).
Disney agreed to purchase 21st Century Fox's film and television assets earlier this month for $52.4 billion in a deal expected to carry a regulatory process between 12 and 18 months. Once that goes through, Disney will add even more notches to its belt with big earners like X-Men and James Cameron's Avatar franchise.0comments
Disney is poised to have another massive year in 2018 with the release of surefire Marvel Studios blockbusters Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp. Walt Disney Animation Studios will release Wreck-It Ralph sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet followed by Pixar's long-awaited Incredibles 2.
The studio's 2018 lineup also includes Star Wars standalone Solo and holiday-time musical Mary Poppins Returns.