Disney seems a touch away from gathering $10 billion at the box-office alone so far this year. The company currently boasts 5 films alone that reached the “Unicorn” status with their latest offering “Frozen 2” to join the cast soon. As Frozen racks in the revenue, Disney will hover closely over $9.9 billion mark, according to data gathered from Comscore.
This huge cash-grab will smash all previous records as Disney gathered a mere $7.6 billion in 2016, which was the previous record. Of course, the record does not reflect the massive overhaul that is Fox’s titles as it acquired 20th Century Fox, earlier this year.
Including Fox titles such as “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” “Ad Astra” and “Ford v. Ferrari” would put Disney’s worth at $12 billion. And all this is before the release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” “Disney has had an unbelievable year at the box office in 2019 and the international component of that success clearly demonstrates the power of the brand not just in the U.S. market, but with fans the world over,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, said.
Disney’s Frozen 2 is expected to join the ranks of “Avengers: Endgame”, “Lion King”, “Aladin”, “Captain Marvel”, and “Toy Story 4” with “Rise of the SkyWalker” hoping the join the bandwagon before year’s end. Notably, this year marks the most films that crossed the billion-dollar mark even without adding “Rise of the SkyWalker”.
However, it will be difficult to replicate the success of this year for Disney as next year’s releases such as Jungle Cruise,” “Mulan,” “Black Widow,” “The Eternals,” “Onward,” “Soul” and “Raya and the Last Dragon will be drawing the crowds away from Disney’s mantle for the time being. However, Fox has a collection of films that such as “Free Guy,” “West Side Story” and “The King’s Man” which will be holding their ground.