Disney smashes all-time box office record in 2019

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Disney has officially smashed the all-time box office record for any movie studio in a single year, having hauled in $11.1 billion – just over £9 billion.

After a slew of billion dollar movies, the studio's movies made up a staggering 33 percent of the total box office in the US.

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It's largely thanks to six movies making more than a billion dollars each this year, kicking off with Captain Marvel in February last year.

It made $1.128 billion, and was followed by Avengers: Endgame ($2.8 billion), the Aladdin remake with $1.05 billion, The Lion King remake with $1.66 billion, Toy Story 4 with $1.07 billion and Frozen 2 with $1.26 billion.

Carol Danvers revealed her true potential in <i>Captain Marvel</i> (Disney)
Carol Danvers revealed her true potential in Captain Marvel (Disney)

Though Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker didn't hit the billion dollar mark before the New Year, it's still on course to hit the milestone, having made $815 million so far.

The studio has been hitting records all year, becoming the first studio ever to make more than $10 billion in a single year in early December.

As well as the international record, it's also broken the US domestic record too, making $3.76 billion in the US alone.

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And that's without the receipts from Fox, which the studio acquired in March last year.

When those figures are added up, it puts Disney's haul at $13.15 billion for the year.

The next biggest studio was Warner Bros – aided and abetted by the Joker – which brought in 13.7 percent of the US domestic receipts, according to stats from Comscore (via Variety)

However, what with the stars aligning with a series of big hitters this year, it's unlikely that it will bring in similar money next year, with no landmark Avengers movie on the cards, and now a hiatus planned for the Star Wars franchise.

That said, it should still do well with movies like Marvel's Black Widow and the forthcoming The Eternals.

Studio co-chairman Alan Horn said in a statement: “We are very proud of our Studios team and the extraordinary slate of films they delivered to fans all around the world in 2019. This was a year like no other!”