It's no secret that Disney is an entertainment giant. Pretty much everyone grows up aware of that simple fact of life. Between major action franchises and family-oriented animation, Walt Disney Studios has pumped out an army of hits over the years. However, you probably never realized just how well they've been doing in recent months. A new report on the financial performance of Disney's incredible 2016 releases should put everything into an amazing perspective.
By now you have probably gotten sick of us constantly reporting on each and every one of Disney's financial achievements, but this one is by far one of the most impressive to date. A new Deadline report seems to indicate that 2016 has thus far proven extremely fruitful for Walt Disney Studios. As of today, the entertainment giant has accumulated roughly $5 billion at the global box office in record time, with about $3 billion of that total coming from international markets. $5 billion has become a major benchmark in the world of major blockbuster box office earnings, and Disney has officially beaten last year's winner, Universal, by a week -- Jurassic World proved to be the movie that pushed Universal over the edge in 2015.
We can't say we're entirely surprised that 2016 has been as good of a year for Walt Disney as it's been. The behemoth studio has pumped out hit after hit over the last few months across myriad genres. From Zootopia in March to The Jungle Book in April to Captain America: Civil War in May. Thanks to last month's wildly successful release of Finding Dory, Disney has managed to produce four of the top five highest grossing movies in 2016. This goes without saying, but it seems that they have their finger firmly on the pulse of the modern moviegoer.
For the sake of comparison, Disney didn't reach this insane financial benchmark in 2015 until the last week of December. Oh, and by the way, Disney is far from done pumping out potential hits for 2016. To put this whole situation into perspective, with the year only halfway over, Disney still has movies like Doctor Strange, Pete's Dragon and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story left on the agenda before they can properly close out the year. Records were made to be broken, and Disney seems to have had no trouble making that a reality.
With that in mind, we will keep you up to date with any and all pertinent information concerning Disney's 2016 box office success as it becomes available to us. For now, you can check out the studio's current box office smash, Finding Dory, which is currently in theaters.
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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