By acquiring established and hugely popular properties like Star Wars and Marvel, over the last years Disney has employed an innovative strategy to add extra box office oompf to its own century-old library of beloved characters and tales — a strategy which has just paid off big time.
According to Deadline, Disney has become the fastest film studio to cross the $5 billion mark globally and $3 billion internationally, crossing the spots on July 11th and July 6th, respectively, which combine to equal the best first half of the year in box office history.
The studio can undoubtably credit its success to having its fingers stuck in basically all of the pies. So far, its 2016 slate is comprised of the third Captain America movie, Civil War, from Marvel, Finding Dory from Pixar, Zootopia from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and a live-action adaptation of Disney classic tale The Jungle Book; only two titles, Alice Through the Looking Glass and The BFG that have failed to bank the big bucks.
Also, lest we forget, Disney was behind the highest grossing domestic movie of all time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, late last year. So, in other words, this corporate giant is firing major shots and, if their program for the remainder of 2016 is anything to go by, they're gonna keep that fire burnin':
1. Pete’s Dragon
Release Date: August 10th
A re-imagining of Disney's 1977 movie of the same name, Pete's Dragon is the tale of a boy called Pete and his best friend, Elliott the dragon, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban and Robert Redford.
2. The Light Between Oceans
Release Date: September 2nd
From DreamWorks Pictures, starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, this story of fate, love and moral dilemmas focuses on a couple raising the baby they rescued from an adrift rowboat.
3. Queen Of Katwe
Release Date: September 23rd
In an original story — which is a refreshing change for Disney — Lupita Nyong’o plays Harriet Mutesi, the mother of a girl whose life transforms from running the streets of Uganda to becoming an international chess champion.
4. Doctor Strange
Release Date: November 4th
Marvel's Doctor Strange features Benedict Cumberbatch as the protagonist, an arrogant surgeon who, after a terrible accident, discovers magic and alternative realities under the watch of a sorcerer.
Release Date: November 23rd
Walt Disney Animation Studios brings us Moana later this year, the story of a girl who sets out on an adventure to a fabled island with the aid of Maui, the demi-god voiced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
6. Rogue One
Release Date: December 14th
In the first stand-alone Star Wars anthology film, Felicity Jones stars in the ninth movie in the series, which will focus on Rebel spies plotting to steal the plans for the Galactic Empire's new weapon.