‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Monsters University’ Power Record B.O. Year for Disney


Studio surpasses $3.79 billion in global ticket sales

Powered by the year’s top-grossing release, “Iron Man 3,” Disney just scored a company best in domestic box office, surpassing the studio’s previous record of $1.55 billion set last year. Internationally, the Mouse amassed through November north of $2.3 billion, its previous overseas benchmark.

Disney reached another studio-best tally at the worldwide B.O. this year, surpassing $4 billion last month. Both previous international and worldwide records were set in 2010.

So far, “Iron Man 3” — the first Marvel film for Disney this year, preceding “Thor: The Dark World” —  stands as this year’s only $1 billion worldwide grosser when last year there were four. “Iron Man 3” also is the fifth-highest grossing film of all time, with $1.2 billion globally; while “Thor” has cumed $621.2 million worldwide and counting.

Aside from its Marvel pair, Disney saw another hit in 2013 with Pixar: the toon shop’s “Monsters University” is the fourth-highest grossing film this year globally, with $745 million.

Also, Disney Animation’s “Frozen” has been doing boffo business with U.S. families over the holidays, with much of the international markets yet to come. Pic’s cumed almost $270 million globally.

“We had an incredible collection of films in 2013 and our teams here and around the world worked very hard to bring these wonderful experiences to audiences,” said Alan Horn, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. “As a result we are having a banner year at the domestic, international and global box office.”

The studio’s first-quarter standout “Oz the Great and Powerful” grossed nearly $500 million at the worldwide box office.

But Disney had one of the biggest bombs in 2013, as well.

The studio’s $215 million-budgeted “The Lone Ranger” failed to capture audience attention this summer, grossing just $260 million globally. Disney anticipated losing between $160 million and $190 million on that film.

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  1. John Shea says:

    So ‘THE LONE RANGER’ made $260M so far plus DVD/Bluray/downloads/TV etc. rather more than its $215M budget, and quite a lot by normal movie standards. It is the promotion and other costs and the sheer size of the budget in the first place that made it such a financial loser. But the lesson is probably NOT to avoid making $200M movies, given the number of those that have grossed a billion dollars or more.

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