Disney is the first and only studio to hit this goal twice, having done so last year when it set a record with $7.6 billion at the global box office. Disney is also the only studio to break the $5 billion mark globally for three consecutive years.
Universal Pictures announced on Dec. 12 that it had topped $5 billion worldwide for the second time in the studio’s 105-year history. Disney hit the milestone first, on Nov. 30, and Warner Bros. followed five days later.
Disney has already cleared the $2 billion mark this year in domestic grosses, though Warner Bros. achieved that mark first on Dec. 10. Internationally, Disney has passed $3.5 billion for the third year in a row.
Disney scored the three top domestic debuts of 2017: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with a $220 million opening weekend, “Beauty and the Beast” with $174.8 million, and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with $146.5 million. Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is set to cross the $650 million mark at the worldwide box office on Friday, with $610.5 million already grossed in its first week.
The box office record comes a week after Disney announced it was spending $52.4 billion to acquire 21st Century Fox assets — a move that will make the company the undisputed leader in box office share in coming years.