Not that anyone was worried, but Walt Disney Studios won’t be filing for bankruptcy anytime soon. The House of Mouse is behind some of the year’s biggest movies, including Zootopia, Captain America: Civil War, and Finding Dory, all of which earned over $1 billion at the box office, as well as The Jungle Book and the critically adored but moderately successful (by Disney’s high standards) Pete’s Dragon. There’s also Alice Through the Looking Glass, but the less said about Johnny Depp’s latest foray into Steven Tyler’s closet, the better. In fact, Disney is having such a good year that, according to Variety, “the Hollywood giant has earned $5.81 billion in global ticket sales through Nov. 1, racing past its previous record of $5.84 billion, which Disney set in 2015.” (That includes the $736.6 million earned by Star Wars: The Force Awakens this year.)
There’s even a chance that Disney will break the all-time record, set by Universal last year with $6.89 billion, thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey, Furious 7, Pitch Perfect 2, Ted 2, Jurassic World, and Minions.
Disney still has Doctor Strange (no Marvel movie has made under $370 million at the box office), Moana (Disney princess + the Rock + songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda = profit), and a little something called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story left on the schedule, which should be enough to make up the $1 billion gap. In a statement, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn praised the many tentacles (Disney, Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm) that make up this corporate octopus for “these world-class cinematic experiences.”
And Alice Through the Looking Glass.