Disney crossed the $5 billion mark at the worldwide box office on Thursday, as “Thor: Ragnarok” is expected to cross the $800 million global mark today.
Disney’s success is also thanks to its remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” the highest grossing film of the year with $1.26 billion, and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which grossed $863 million worldwide. Disney’s annual totals also got a boost from its late 2016 releases, “Moana” and “Rogue One,” which combined to gross $561 million in 2017.
By the end of the year, Disney is expected to account for half of the top ten highest grossing films of the year. In addition to “Beauty and the Beast” and its two Marvel releases, Disney also has “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which disappointed domestically with $172.6 million but was a massive hit in China and other foreign markets, giving it a $794.8 million global total. Then there’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which is expected to easily have the top domestic opening of the year and cross the $1 billion mark when it is released in two weeks.
More to come…