Company to score two $1 billion-earners in single year

Disney is making repeat visits to Hollywood’s history books.

“Toy Story 3″ is expected to surpassed the $1 billion mark at the box office, the studio said Friday morning, giving the Mouse House its second $1 billion-earner, after “Alice in Wonderland,” in a single year. In fact, it’s the only studio to be able to say that. The Pixar-produced animated film’s take was at $997.5 million heading into the weekend.

“Toy Story 3″ had already made history two weeks ago when it became the highest-grossing animated film of all time. It’s the first animated film to ever pass $1 billion at the B.O.

Around the world, “Toy Story 3″ is now the highest-grossing Disney film ever released in Latin America, which has contributed $138 million to its B.O. Toon is also the most successful Disney release in the U.K.

As of Friday morning, it had earned $592.9 million from foreign territories and $404.6 million domestically.

Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” had also crossed $1 billion in 2006.

“It’s been an incredible year as we saw the Pixar team bring Buzz and Woody back to the big screen and watched Tim Burton’s vision for ‘Alice in Wonderland’ take the world by storm,” said Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross. “These box office triumphs prove that creative storytelling brought to life by imaginative, inspired and talented professionals is something audiences respond to the world over.”

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