The December release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which raked in almost $300 million its opening weekend, may have pushed Disney over the top, but it was a trio of billion-dollar films that set the stage for the most dominant year ever from a movie maker.
Globally, Disney has the four top grossing films of the year: Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, Zootopia, and The Jungle Book (the only one not to hit 10 figures). If Rogue One ends up defeating Universal Studios’s The Secret Life of Pets, which made just over $875 million, Disney will have all five.
Furthermore, Disney’s roll is expected to continue into 2017, with additional Marvel superhero movies slated to go along with the next episode of the Star Wars saga and a reboot of Beauty and the Beast.
Much of Disney’s success was spurred by three major acquisitions. The media giant spent more than $15 billion to buy Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm. Each produced a big hit this year. So did Walt Disney Pictures and Disney Animation Studios.