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Now, Captain America: Civil War may have "only" managed the fifth biggest opening weekend in US box office history (and of course made close to $700 million worldwide in less than two weeks of release), but it seems that its not-quite-record-breaking-but-still-ridiculously-large opening has still led to a record being broken. Not, however, by the film itself, or even by Marvel Studios — but by Disney.

Y'see, it turns out that Disney — Marvel Studios' parent company — has pulled off something pretty darned impressive. Specifically:

Disney Just Broke Yet Another Huge Box Office Record With The Release Of Captain America: Civil War

This time around, though, it was more of a marathon-length achievement than it was a sprint, with Captain America: Civil War's $181 million haul this weekend taking Disney's domestic box office total for 2016 over $1 billion — the fastest a studio has made that much money in a calendar year.

The key to that success, though, lies less in the direction of Captain America: Civil War, and more with its two 2016 predecessors, Zootopia and The Jungle Book, both of which have exceeded expectations at the box office. With Zootopia currently clocking in with a $327 million haul in the US, and The Jungle Book closing in with $284 million domestically, the pair can take a whole lot of credit for the success — especially since they've also helped Disney to break a pair of similar records, making it the fastest studio to reach $2 billion in the international market, and $3 billion worldwide.

What's more, with another Marvel movie still to come in November (Doctor Strange), a Star Wars standalone movie arriving in December (Star Wars: Rogue One) and a series of potentially huge animations (Finding Dory, Moana) and kid-friendly live action movies (Alice Through the Looking Glass, The BFG, Pete's Dragon) hitting throughout the year, it's entirely possible that Disney could blow through a whole lot more records in the months to come.

The big question now, then?

Poll

Do you think Disney will make more money than any other studio this year?

via ComicBook.com

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