The House Of Mouse reigns supreme over the global box office!
Thanks to the recent success of its latest outing, Walt Disney Studios has managed to earn more than $6 billion in the box office worldwide. That achievement makes this year the company's biggest in terms of global box office receipts.
Walt Disney actually achieved its record-best numbers on November 1st, when they posted $5.851 billion, surpassing 2015's $5.843 billion.
However, crossing $6 billion is not only a milestone for the company -- it also marks the second time in history in which a movie studio has either reached or surpassed that threshold.
Universal Studios was the first studio able to achieve this in 2015, with the help of its mega hit, Jurassic World. They ended that year with close to $6.89 billion. Of course, we still don't know if Disney will be able to surpass that record with less than two months to go, but there is a good chance.
Disney might break Universal's record since the studio is about to release two highly anticipated films: the Polynesian-inspired animated feature, Moana, which will premiere on November 23rd; and, of course, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will hit cinemas on December 14th.
Disney's animated features are often a big hit at the box office, but there are several genuine flops, so Moana might be a toss up -- although having juggernaut and future EGOT Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to the project helps.
Rogue One, however, is part of the Star Wars franchise and will probably stand to deliver the goods that could propel Disney to beat the record. First of all, there has not been a live action Star Wars film that has not earned its keep. Even the prequel trilogies, lambasted by both critics and fans alike, earned well in the box office. The first standalone film also follows on the hugely successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which grossed over $2 billion. If Rogue One earns even half of its franchise predecessor, it will bring Disney to the top.
But, of course, for now, all of this is just speculation. Who do you think will win out? Disney or Universal?