Star Wars and Marvel franchises help Disney pass 5 billion dollars in ticket sales in one year for first time ever

in Disney, Marvel, Movies, Pixar, Star Wars

2015 was a big year for Disney movies. In fact, it was the biggest year ever, financially, considering that in total the studio made over five billion dollars in gross revenue.

The biggest hits for Disney this year, including both live-action and animated movies, were “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (which grossed $1.4 billion dollars worldwide), Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” ($855.4 million), “Cinderella ($542.5 million), “Ant-Man” ($519.1 million), and of course “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which smashed records this past weekend, earning $529 million globally over its first few days. Of course, that movie will accumulate much, much more as its performance continues.

Universal Studios still leads all other distributors as the top-grosser for 2015, with $6.8 billion total (combining the smash hits of “Jurassic World,” “Furious 7,” and “Minions,” among others.) Disney’s only major financial disappointment this year was Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” which has so failed to even recoup its budget, grossing $189.8 million so far, and having cost an estimated $200 million.

Considering that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will likely continue to perform incredibly well at the box office going into the new year (and that there are more sure-fire hits coming from Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm), 2016 will almost certainly continue the trend of success for Disney.


  1. Darren

    Tomorrowland was a financial disappointment as well.

    1. Matt

      Unfortunately. Good movie.

      1. EricJ

        Good attempt, but the “Guess what?” revelation (so, you were expecting a big shiny city from the trailer?–Well, our heroine was fooled, too!) was the biggest bait-and-switch downer since Dorothy found the Yellow Brick Road torn up in “Return to Oz”.
        (What happened to that Walt-centric story they teased us with in the “Optimist” game?–I wanted to see THAT movie! With Tom Hanks as Walt again!)

        And I think we’re all well past considering Avengers 2: Age of Ultron a “good” movie, but it did keep the end-of-the-year profits full. Even if the photo at the top should really have Ant-Man on it.

  2. Mike S.

    > and that there are more sure-fire hits coming from Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm

    Psst… and from Disney Studios and Disney Animation.



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