The studio tops $1.54 billion in North America behind “Iron Man 3,’ “Monsters University” and “Thor: The Dark World”
The Walt Disney Studios has reached a new all-time high at the domestic box office, breaking the company’s previous record of $1.547 billion set in 2012.
The accomplishment makes 2013 a landmark year for Disney, which has set records at both the international and global box office behind hits including “Iron Man 3,” “Monsters University,” “Thor: The Dark World” and “Oz the Great and Powerful” providing the biggest boosts.
“We had an incredible collection of films in 2013 and our teams here and around the world worked very hard to bring these wonderful experiences to audiences,” said studio chairman Alan Horn in a statement. “As a result we are having a banner year at the domestic, international, and global box office, and we are very proud of this tremendous accomplishment and the people who made it possible.”
In July, Disney was the first studio to reach the $1 billion domestic box office milestone for the year, a threshold it has conquered for eight consecutive years. In August, in company record time, Disney reached the $2 billion international box office threshold for the fourth year in a row, and in November the studio surpassed its previous all-time international record of $2.302 billion as well as its previous all-time global record of $3.7 billion, both set in 2010.
Disney’s in-house partners provided a lot of firepower. Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” has brought in $1.21 billion worldwide, while Pixar’s “Monsters University” has done $743 million and Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is at $620 million after five weeks. Disney Animation’s “Frozen” has brought in $266 million as it heads into its fifth week.