2013 is Disney's biggest year at the global box office in the studio's history. Disney broke its previous record of $3.791 billion, set in 2010, thanks to a string of hits like Iron Man 3, Monsters University, and Thor: The Dark World.
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BURBANK, Calif. –– Today, The Walt Disney Studios will break its previous global box office record of $3.791 billion, set in 2010.
“With incredible results from our Marvel, Disney and Pixar brands, this is a phenomenal achievement and we still have seven weeks and three exciting films to go this year,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “What all of our films have in common is not only quality but great characters and universal stories that connect with people around the world, which is so important to us.”
In July, Disney was the first studio to reach the $1 billion domestic box office milestone for the year, a threshold it has achieved for eight consecutive years. In August, in record time, Disney reached the $2 billion international box office threshold for the fourth year in a row, and in early November the studio surpassed its previous all-time international box office record of $2.302 billion, also set in 2010.
The announcement comes as Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues to dominate the global box office. The film opened domestically November 8 with $85.7 million and has earned $348.5M million worldwide since beginning its international rollout October 30.
In addition to Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, the studio’s box office results this year have been led by Marvel’s Iron Man 3, which opened domesticallyand has amassed over $1.21 billion to become the year’s top-grossing film and the fifth highest-grossing film of all time; Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University, which opened and has earned over $744 million to become the year’s fourth highest-grossing film and Pixar’s third highest-grossing film ever; and Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful, which opened and has brought in over $493 million worldwide.
Still to come in 2013 are DreamWorks Studios’ Delivery Man ( ), Disney’s Frozen ( ), and Saving Mr. Banks ( limited; wide).
Thor: The Dark World smashed through the global box office on the weekend of its North American release. The U.S. and Canada roll-out of the Thor sequel coincided with the Chinese release of the film, with both markets combining for over $100 million. Thor: Dark World brought in $81 million from North America and enjoyed a $20.9 million bow in China. The Chinese debut is higher than that of Marvel's The Avengers in the market and has already surpassed the lifetime gross of the original Thor in China.
The superhero film also passed the lifetime gross of the original after its $3.2 million debut in Thailand. The Thor sequel is set to pass the $268 million overseas lifetime gross of the original by next weekend, only three weeks into its release. The film grossed $94 million in its second weekend overseas to reach a $240.9 million total.
Thor: The Dark World played on 270 IMAX screens worldwide, where the sequel registered $5.6 million of its weekend take. China alone accounted for $3 million of the weekend's IMAX tally.
Top performers for Thor: The Dark World include Russia ($24.1M); the United Kingdom ($22.6M); Brazil ($15.9M); and Mexico ($15.7M).
Gravity posted a $28.3 million weekend from 61 markets to reach a $243.3 million overseas cume. The sci-fi film opened in the United Kingdom with a $10 million first place finish, including previews. France added another $5 million over the weekend to take its total to $32.8 million. South Korea finished its fourth frame with a $2.6 million take that takes its total to $24.4 million. Other top performers for Gravity include Russia ($20.8M); Australia ($17.1M); Mexico ($16.4M); and Germany ($16.4M). Gravity opens in China on November 20. The film's global cume is $475.3 million.
Despicable Me 2 stepped on the gas late in its overseas run to pass Fast & Furious 6 as the #2 film of the year at the overseas box office. The Minions' $549.3 million overseas cume also makes it the second biggest earner of the year at the global box office.
The Minions are unlikely to move past fifth place on the list of the highest-grossing animated films of all time at the global box office. The $914.3 million earned by Despicable Me 2 worldwide falls short of reaching the $919.8 million from fourth place Shrek 2.
Time-traveling rom-com About Time added $3.2 million from 39 territories to bring its global cume to $44.9 million. The film owes the bulk of that figure to its $38.2 million overseas performance.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa cotninues to earn overseas. The raunchy comedy recorded a $3.4 million take in its third weekend from 20 markets. The $22.2 million overseas cume puts the film above $100 million worldwide. Bad Grandpa collected $1.1 million from the United Kingdom to reach an $8.6 million total in the market. The film is close to equaling that mark in Germany, where Bad Grandpa has already grossed $8.4 million.
Turbo earned $5 million from 19 markets to reach a $192 million overseas cume. The animated film has brought in a global total of $274.8 million.
Planes collected $3.9 million from 52 territories to reach a $129.5 million overseas total. Disney's animated release has grossed $219.1 million worldwide.
The Counselor added another $2.7 million from 9 markets, taking its overseas total to $7.7 million. The star-studded thriller directed by Ridley Scott opened in second place in Australia with a $1.2 million take. The Counselor has grossed $23.5 million worldwide.