UPDATED JANUARY 2: Global ticket sales for The Walt Disney Studios films generated $4.448bn in 2014, of which $2.83bn came from international and the $1.61bn balance from North America.
This marks the second year in a row and the second time in total that Disney has crossed $4bn worldwide following the $4.73bn high-water mark in 2013.
It is the third consecutive and fourth year overall that Disney has surpassed $1.5bn in North America and the fifth consecutive year for a $2bn-plus international result, which was set in record time in 2014 on August 4.
For the second year in a row, three studio releases – Guardians Of The Galaxy, Maleficent, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier – each crossed $700m globally.
For the second year in a row four releases – the aforementioned trio and Big Hero 6 – each grossed more than $200m in North America, where the quartet ranked among the top ten titles of the year.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy grossed $773.7m worldwide. The $333m North American result ensured it finishes the year as the number one North American release following the $94.3m record August opening weekend. A $440.7m international haul helped secured the number two worldwide rank.
Maleficent earned $758.2m worldwide, ranking as the second biggest international release on $516.8m and the third biggest global title incorporating $241.4m from North America.
Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier reached $713.3m worldwide, with $259.8m from North America good enough for the third biggest film of the year and $453.5m from international hoisting it to number five worldwide. The $95m North American opening weekend was an April record that also established the film as the highest grossing film ever in April.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6 stands at $353m worldwide and just reached $206.5m in North America, while $146.5m from international is a relatively early number that only accounts for 57% of that market so far.
Disney’s recent release Into The Woods delivered the fourth biggest December 25 opening day on $15m and stands at $72.1m.
The 2013 phenomenon Frozen took $733.1m globally in 2014 en route to becoming the biggest worldwide animation in history and the fifth biggest worldwide release overall on $1.27bn.