Disney Passes $4 Billion at Worldwide Box Office in 2013

The studio is achieving its best year ever globally, with “Iron Man 3,” “Monsters University” and “Thor: The Dark World” providing the firepower

Disney has crossed the $4 billion threshold at the 2013 global box office, the studio said Wednesday.

With “Iron Man 3,” “Monsters University,” “Thor: The Dark World” and “Oz the Great and Powerful” providing the biggest boosts, the studio has posted its best year ever in terms of worldwide grosses.

Last week, the studio broke its global box office-record of $3.79 billion established in 2010, when “Toy Story 3″ and “Alice In Wonderland” were the big films.

The 2013 figure will keep moving higher. The Disney Animation 3D family musical “Frozen” opens Friday, and “Saving Mr. Banks,” the Tom Hanks-Emma Thompson drama about the making of “Mary Poppins,” debuts on Dec. 13.

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In July, Disney became the first studio to reach the $1 billion domestic box office milestone for 2013, its eighth consecutive year. In August, in record time, Disney hit $2 billion at the international box office for the fourth year in a row, and in early November the studio broke its international box office record of $2.3 billion, also set in 2010.

Disney set the record with a lot of help from its in-house friends. 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 $559 million after four weeks.

“Oz the Great and Powerful” has added $493 million.