The Walt Disney Company celebrates a new milestone in the history of the corporation, as The Walt Disney Studios, as reported by Janelle Tipton of Disney Post on November 27, has earned a record $4 billion in the worldwide box office in 2013. Under Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the Walt Disney distribution division of the Studios (formerly Buena Vista Distribution), the Company has released a total of nine films this year, in seven separate months. The films released are “Oz the Great and Powerful”, “Iron Man 3”, “Monsters University”, “The Lone Ranger”, “Planes”, “The Fifth Estate”, “Thor: The Dark World”, “Delivery Man”, and “Frozen”. Impressively, The Walt Disney Studios has released a film under almost every studio they own this year. “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “The Lone Ranger” were produced by Walt Disney Pictures, responsible for live-action films. “Iron Man 3” and “Thor: The Dark World” were produced by Marvel Studios. “Monsters University” is, of course, a Pixar Animation Studios film, and “Planes” was created through DisneyToon Studios. Both “The Fifth Estate” and “Delivery Man” were produced by Touchstone Pictures. And the smash hit, “Frozen” was produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The only studio that did not release a film this year was Disneynature, which has an upcoming release scheduled for 2014 entitled “Bears”.
Out of these nine movies, four of them helped boost the overall revenue quite significantly. “Oz the Great and Powerful” grossed a total of $493 million worldwide. “Iron Man 3” earned a record $1.2 billion and has become the fifth highest-grossing film of all time, and can now share the top 10 with another Marvel film which is third highest grossing at $1.5 billion, “The Avengers”. “Monsters University” grossed a total of $743 million, and at the time this box office record was set, “Thor: The Dark World” had made about $559 million, and is now at $610 million, as of December 9, 2013. At an advanced limited screening of the film, “Frozen” earned $243,390, while it has now earned $192 million worldwide. Other contributors to this $4 billion achievement include the remaining aforementioned four films released in 2013, as well as movies released in 2012 that continued to be shown this year such as, “Wreck-It Ralph”, “Monsters, Inc. (3D)”, “Frankenweenie” and “Lincoln”.
On December 20, Disney fans will be able to experience the story behind the acquisition and making of the classic 1964 “Mary Poppins” film, when “Saving Mr. Banks” appears in theatres. With excellent reviews from critics and Oscar buzz, “Saving Mr. Banks” is sure to set the $4 billion record even higher for 2013 creating a new box office goal for The Walt Disney Studios in 2014. And Disney fans certainly have many new films to excitedly anticipate in 2014.