The studio surpassed the $1 billion domestic mark for 2016 with $1.121 billion to date in just 128 days — easily beating the previous record set last year of 165 days. It also topped $2 billion internationally with $2.22 billion to date and $3 billion globally with $3.341 billion to date, topping the marks set last year by Universal in June following the opening of “Jurassic World.”
Disney saw “Captain America: Civil War” take in $181.1 million domestically this weekend and added $220 million to its second weekend internationally, pushing the Marvel tentpole to $496.6 million overseas and $678.4 million worldwide. China launched with $95.8 million, the second-biggest three-day opening for a U.S. title in that market after “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”
“Captain America” is also keeping the U.S. box office on track for a record performance in 2016 with $3.856 billion through this weekend — 7.8% ahead of the same point last year and an impressive 14.7% ahead of 2014. Disney has played a major role in that gain with “The Jungle Book” and “Zootopia” delivering blockbuster numbers plus “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” providing $285 million, or 30% of its $936 million total.
The fourth weekend of “The Jungle Book” finished second to “Captain America” with $21.9 million at 4,144 sites to lift its 24-day domestic total to $285 million. The comedy-adventure is nearing $500 million internationally, led by China with $147.3 million; the global total has hit $776 million.
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The 10th weekend of “Zootopia” finished sixth in the U.S. with $2.7 million at 2,077 locations, bringing its 66-day total to $327.6 million. Foreign grosses have hit $628 million, led by $235.6 million in China; worldwide box office has reached $956 million.
Dave Hollis, Disney’s exec VP of theatrical distribution, noted that the four films are each from a different part of the studio with “Captain America” from Marvel, “Zootopia” from Disney Animation, “The Jungle Book” from live-action and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from Lucasfilm.
“We are in the midst of a great run of high-quality branded entertainment,” he added. “We’re fortunate to have great storytellers at the height of their games.”
Disney is looking at formidable summer, too. The studio will open the Johnny Depp sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass” on May 27, followed by “Finding Nemo” sequel “Finding Dory” on June 7.
“The reactions from screenings have already exceeded our highest expectations,” Hollis said of the pair of sequels.
Disney is also launching Steven Spielberg’s “BFG” on July 1. “It’s extraordinary and exactly what you’d expect from Spielberg in terms of being groundbreaking,” Hollis added.
Other 2016 titles are a reboot of “Pete’s Dragon” on Aug. 12; “Queen of Katwe,” starring Lupita Nyong’o, on Sept. 23; “Doctor Strange” on Nov. 4; animated comedy “Moana” on Nov. 23; and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” on Dec. 16.
Universal and Disney broke Fox’s yearly record last year for worldwide grosses, well above Fox’s 2014 record of $5.5 billion. Universal finished the year with $6.89 billion, with $1.67 billion of that from “Jurassic World” and Disney followed with $5.85 billion, including $1.33 billion from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”