The Walt Disney Studios has posted the second biggest year in industry history bringing in $7,325.4 million in global box office from January 1 through December 31, 2018. The studio is only behind its own 2016 record of $7,605.3 million. Disney is still the only studio to date that has been able to reach the $7 billion mark.
Three of Disney’s releases hit the billion-dollar mark globally, including Avengers: Infinity War with $2.05 billion, Black Panther with $1.35 billion and Incredibles 2 with $1.24 billion, while Ant-Man and The Wasp was just behind at over $620 million.
Domestic box office of $3,092.3 million is a new industry record, ahead of Disney’s previous record of $3,000.9 million set in 2016. The studio released 10 films in 2018, including the top three industry releases of the year: Black Panther with $700 million to become the No. 3 film of all time; Avengers: Infinity War with $678.8 million, which ranks as the No. 4 film ever; and Incredibles 2 with $608.6 million to become the No. 1 animated release of all time and the No. 9 overall release in history. With Ant-Man and The Wasp and Solo: A Star Wars Story, five of Disney’s 2018 releases have surpassed $200M domestically to date, the sixth consecutive year at least four of the studio’s releases have reached this milestone.
International box office of $4,233.1 million represents Disney’s second biggest year and the third best in industry history, with Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther ranking as the No. 1 and No. 3 international releases of the year.
2018 was Disney’s third sequential year over $6 billion, fourth consecutive year over $5 billion, and sixth sequential year over $4 billion. It is also Disney’s fourth consecutive year over $2 billion domestically and third consecutive year over $4 billion internationally.