The Mouse House is No Longer Meek
The numbers are just stunning and can’t be argued with, no matter how much we try here.
From the trades:
Cut to the end of 2019, and Disney has hit a stunning, historic milestone, earning 33% of all domestic box office grosses for the year. According to Comscore, it’s the first time since at least 1999 that a single studio has commanded this much box office revenue in the US and Canada.
Six of the studio’s films this year — “Endgame,” “The Lion King,” “Toy Story 4,” “Frozen II,” “Captain Marvel,” and “The Rise of Skywalker” — topped the domestic box office for the year. Marvel Studios co-produced the seventh highest-grossing film for 2019, Sony’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” The eighth highest was “Aladdin.”
No arguing with that.
The List of the Numbers
The films and the grosses are as follows:
Captain Marvel ($1.13 billion)
Avengers: Endgame ($2.8 billion)
Aladdin ($1.05 billion)
The Lion King ($1.66 billion)
Toy Story 4 ($1.07 billion)
Frozen II ($1.26 billion)
From the trades, yet again:
All told, Disney has to date earned $3.76 billion domestically (an all-time record) and $7.35 billion internationally (an all-time record), for a global take of $11.12 billion — yes, an all-time record. Those totals, by the way, do not reflect the grosses from this year’s releases from 20th Century Fox. But factoring in Fox inches Disney’s worldwide grosses up to $13.15 billion — practically a rounding error, and a stark reminder of how far Disney’s latest acquisition has to go to equal its new corporate cousins.
Disney owns all your base.
What Are We To Make of All of This?
The really interesting thing is not how much cash Disney has acquired through its massive film grosses.
There are two really interesting things inside these numbers:
- Abandoning, insulting, and outright socially engineering audiences through films, marketing statements, and even corporate shenanigans has not impacted Disney’s bottom line box office revenues in the least.
- Audiences—like the ones who read fan sites—have been abandoned by Disney but it doesn’t matter to the Mouse House’s bottom line, because there are more people who aren’t paying attention that closely to the outrages that we do.
And the Mouse House isn’t planning on stopping the train anytime soon.
From the trades:
Disney looks to dominate the box office well into the upcoming decade, too. In November, the company updated its release calendar with a gargantuan number of titles. Put simply, Disney will open at least one film every month for the next four years — save for April 2023…