With Pixar, Marvel, ABC, ESPN, and now Lucasfilm (aka Star Wars) under its wing, Disney is close to completing its world domination with regards to entertainment media; it’s own Infinity Gauntlet of sorts. For further proof that Disney stands tall over everyone else, the studio has now surpassed its own global box office record of $3.791 billion, putting 2013 on track to be its most successful year ever. The studio first set the record in 2010 thanks to the $1 billion grosses of Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland, but 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful, Monsters University, and double dose of Marvel with Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World have pushed it past $3.79 billion in no time. And that’s still with Frozen, Delivery Man, and Saving Mr. Banks to go. Hit the jump for more.
This is undoubtedly an impressive feat, and it was clearly helped by the box office success of Marvel’s offerings this year. Iron Man 3 closed out its run with $1.2 billion worldwide, and Thor: The Dark World opened to $85.7 million domestically with a current worldwide total of $348.5 million. With this being the first year that two Marvel films opened in theaters, Disney can bank on double the coin for years to come; 2014 will see the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.
So how long with 2013’s record stand? Probably not very long. The one-two punch of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: Episode VII—not to mention Ant-Man, Cinderella, Tomorrowland, and two Pixar films—in 2015 have the makings of yet another record-breaking year. All hail our Mouse overlords.