With the most recent Star Wars installment now out in theaters, Walt Disney Studios is expected to end 2017 by reaching the milestone of hitting $6 billion at the global box office.
Disney will be the first and only studio to ever reach this goal twice. The first was last year when the studio set the record at $7.6 billion in the global box office. They are also the only ones to break $5 billion worldwide for three consecutive years.
It helps that Disney topped several box office weekends in domestic theaters. Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming in with $220 million during its opening weekend; Beauty and the Beast with $174.8 million, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with $146.5 million. Star Wars is set to cross the $650 million mark worldwide since it grossed $610.5 million in its first week only.
Disney has already surpassed the $2 billion mark this year in domestic grosses; internationally, Disney passed the $3.5 billion mark for the third year in a row.
The news does come after Disney announced its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets. This will likely be a move that will only further secure Disney’s top spot in the box office for the coming years.
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