Disney hit two milestones this week, the animated-comedy “Toy Story 4” crossed the $1B mark worldwide, and the studio became the first ever to have five films make over $1B each in a single year. We should mention that “Frozen 2” and “Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker” are still scheduled to release in 2019, and Disney could be the first studio in history to have a $10B box office gross in a single year. Disney currently sits with a record slightly above $7.65B in 2019.
Josh Cooley directed “Toy Story 4,” which is now the fourth PIXAR movie to cross the $1B mark. The other Disney films to join the billion-dollar club in 2019 were “Avengers: Endgame,” “Captain Marvel,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.” It’s not surprising that “Toy Story 4” hit the mark, the film opened back in June with a $120M domestic opening weekend and made over $579M worldwide in just two months.
“Frozen 2” and “Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker” aren’t the only releases on Disney’s 2019 schedule. The studio is also releasing “Maleficent 2” with Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, Harris Dickinson, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Disney needs roughly $2.35B to reach the record-breaking $10B mark in 2019, and it has three major releases to do it.
Disney is starting off 2020 strong as well, with “Onward,” “Mulan,” “Marvel’s Black Widow,” “Artemis Fowl,” “Soul,” “Jungle Cruise,” “The One and Only Ivan,” and the “Marvel’s Eternals” already on the schedule. There are rumors that the long-awaited “Cruella” live-action adaptation with Emma Stone could release in 2020 as well.
It seems inevitable that Disney will break its own record and reach the $10B mark in 2019, but it will be interesting to see if the superhero craze continues into the new year.
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