Disney First Studio to Pass $1 Billion at Domestic Box Office This Year

"Iron Man 3" led the charge for the studio in 2013

Disney on Friday became the first studio to pass $1 billion at the box office this year, hitting the mark despite the soft debut of mega-budget "The Lone Ranger" last week.

Disney beat Universal, Warner Bros, and Paramount to the punch on Friday, following the release of just four films this year.

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"Iron Man 3" was the studio's biggest hit, securing $406.6 million domestically, while spring blockbuster "Oz the Great and Powerful" raked in nearly $235 million and Disney-Pixar's latest hit, "Monsters University," has managed to make just over $227 million since it's June 21 release. 

The studio has six more releases scheduled before the ball drops at midnight on Dec. 31.

Among the upcoming moneymakers are "Thor: The Dark World," "Frozen" and family-friendly Oscar bait, "Saving Mr. Banks."