The Mouse House is once again not only the top studio at the domestic box office, but is about to cross the $3 billion mark. With the release of Frozen 2 this weekend, projections have the film making anywhere between $45 million and $54 million on Friday alone. That would send Disney over the $3 billion threshold on Friday if the former or Saturday of the latter. As of this publication, Disney Studios has made $2.946 billion in the U.S./Canada market.
This will mark the third time in history that Disney has crossed the $3 billion mark, which began back in 2016. Moreover, the current total mentioned above does not include any Fox properties. If those were included, the Disney/Fox standing would be past the $3.5 billion mark. The closest competitor to Disney, Warner Bros., is at a distant $1.5 billion domestically. Given Disney’s lineup of 10 films in 2019, many aren’t surprised that the studio reached this total. Below are the films and their domestic totals that attributed to the box office success:
Avengers: Endgame ($858.3M), The Lion King ($543.6M), Toy Story 4 ($434M), Captain Marvel ($426.8M), Aladdin ($355.6M), Dumbo ($114.7M), Maleficent: Mistress of Evil ($106.9M) and Penguins ($7.7M).
Adding the release of Disney+ as well, the studio is definitely enjoying every bit of its success this year. With that said, 2020 may look to be a more competitive year as the studio doesn’t seem to have a lineup equivalent to this year’s astounding performance. It will be interesting to see if Warner Bros. (and their Warner sister?) or any other studio can step up to the plate.
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