Disney tops 2016 studio league table with $2.5 billion profit

Ben Arnold
UK Movies Writer
Captain America… helped Disney to record profits – Credit: Disney

Disney is officially the best performing Hollywood studio of 2016, having made a staggering profit of $2.5 billion (£2 billion) last year.

In figures collected by The Hollywood Reporter, it scooped the top spot of the six major studios, and sailed to victory thanks to massive box office receipts from movies like ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Rogue One’.

Those two movies alone made $1.15 billion and $1.05 billion respectively, while Pixar’s ‘Finding Dory’ also breached the billion dollar mark, with $1.03 billion.

Some of the financials for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ were also thrown on the pile for 2016, as it ran from its Christmas 2015 release into the New Year.

(Credit: Warner Bros)

Second on the list was Time Warner, which owns Warner Bros, and saw big box office returns (if not critical acclaim) from ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, its top earner at $873 million.

Also big for the studio were ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ ($811 million) and ‘Sucide Squad’ ($746 million), making up profits of $1.7 billion (£1.36 billion), the studio’s highest ever.

Third on the list was 21st Century Fox, which coined in $1.3 billion (£1.94 billion) thanks to the likes of ‘Deadpool’ ($783 million) and ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ ($544 million), though the latter was a disappointing haul compared to previous ‘X-Men’ jaunts.

(Credit: Paramount)

Elsewhere, NBCUniversal made $1.23 billion profit, Sony made £440 million (£354 million), while at the other end of the scale Viacom, which owns Paramount, made a loss of $346 million (£278 million).

It saw a series of high-profile flops, including the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ sequel, ‘Zoolander 2’, and ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’.

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