The Walt Disney Studios announced its record-breaking calendar year results as combined grosses for all releases amounted to $5.845bn – the second biggest score ever behind Universal’s $6.88bn from last year.
The studio crossed the $5bn milestone for the first time in its history on December 21. International box office in 2015 amounted to $3.56bn and North America amounted to $2.28bn – the second biggest Hollywood haul ever behind Universal’s 2015 tally of $2.448bn.
Disney’s previous global box office record was $4.449bn set in 2013.
For the third consecutive year three of the studios’ releases surpassed $700m globally: Avengers: Age Of Ultron on $1.405bn, Star Wars: The Force Awakens on $1.331bn and Inside Out on $855.5m.
Four films crossed $200m in North America: Ultron on $459m, The Force Awakens on $651.9m, Inside Out on $356.5m and Cinderella on $542.6m.
With the massive debuts of The Force Awakens ($247.9m) and Ultron ($191.2m), Disney holds four of the top five North America opening weekends of all-time and five of the top 10 global releases of all time.
Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out grossed $356.5m in North America and $499m internationally. Its North American debut of $90.4m ranks as the highest ever for an original property and the third highest Pixar release behind Toy Story 3 and Finding Nemo.
Cinderella earned $201.2m in North America and $341.4m internationally, while Ant-Man reached $519.2m worldwide and took $339m outside North America.