The Walt Disney Studios on Friday reached a new milestone, passing $4B at the global box office for the second time in its history. The first time was just last year, but that was on November 26, meaning Disney bested its speed to $4B by 12 days this year. The new tally of roughly $4.05B joins other 2014 records which include the studio getting to $2B internationally, on August 4, and $3B globally, on August 5, faster than any other year prior.
Disney’s box office in 2014 has been largely driven by four major titles, two of them hailing from the hit machine that is Marvel, and two firmly rooted in fairy tales — and with female protagonists to boot. Tops is Guardians Of The Galaxy. With $330M, it is the No. 1 film of the year domestically, and its global cume of $770.1M makes it the the No. 2 film worldwide. It recently hit its last markets including China where it topped out at about $96.5M. Also from Marvel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier had a fantastic tour of duty this spring with $259.8M domestically, making it the No. 2 film of the year. Its $714.7M worldwide gives it the No. 5 slot globally.
Angelina Jolie-starrer Maleficent holds the No. 2 spot internationally in 2014 with $516.8M. It’s the No. 3 film globally having conjured up $758M during its run which began in May. The juggernaut holdover that was Frozen earned $733M of its total $1.27B during this calendar year. Elsa & Co notably iced the competition in Japan where the movie made a staggering $249M and stayed at the top of the chart for 16 weeks — until Maleficent came in to steal the crown in July, that is.
In more recent news, Disney’s Big Hero 6 started rolling out internationally at the end of October and has now earned $148.M globally. It continues bowing through February and is the 85th title in the studio’s history to cross $100M (see my international box office report for more). Next up on Disney’s roster is the feature adaptation of Into The Woods starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine. It releases domestically on December 25 and rolls out elsewhere from there.
I knew Angelina Jolie was going to be good but I didn't know she was going to be THAT good! #maleficent— Morgan Hoffman (@morganhoffman) November 16, 2014