- Jan 9, 2018
Disney dominated the box office this year, producing eight out of the 10 highest-grossing films. There's no question that the Mouse House has had a banner year. From releasing their highly anticipated streaming service Disney+, which exceeded 15 million subscribers in its first five days, to having six movies cross the billion-dollar mark at the worldwide box office, it's been a year filled with endless achievements. Disney also became the first studio in history to surpass $10 billion at the worldwide box office, proving that the Mouse House is a force to be reckoned with in the film industry.
According to The Verge, 80% of the highest-grossing films from this year were produced by Disney. These films include Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, Aladdin, The Lion King, along with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Spider-Man: Far From Home, which was co-produced with Sony. Interestingly enough, "everything belongs to a franchise, or is designed to potentially start a franchise," echoing how Disney "began the decade with two key purchases: Marvel Entertainment in 2009 and Lucasfilm in 2012." Those two purchases, which amounted to $8 billion, have certainly paid off for the Mouse House as "Marvel Studios has made more than $28 billion at the box office" and Star Wars has found massive amounts of success on Disney+ with The Mandalorian. According to Kevin Mayer, Disney's head of direct-to-consumer products, "We are not embarrassed by the fact that we have big blockbuster movies that people enjoy [...] If you look at the box office success, that’s an indicator of how popular and how embraced these films are by real audiences."