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Disney surpasses $7 billion at the global box office for second time in history

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Dec 17, 2018, 6:00 PM EST (Updated)

Disney, like the X-Men character it is about to buy, was an unstoppable juggernaut at the 2018 box office around the world. According to a report by Deadline, the House of Mouse reported that it broke $7 billion in global ticket sales this year, the second time the company has done so since 2016.

Of course, this was all thanks to some really heavy hitters over the last 365-ish days like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which really kicked things off for Disney last December. Despite some somewhat mixed reception from fans, the eighth Star Wars episode, directed by Rian Johnson, took in more than $1.3 billion at the international box office (and was also a hit with critics). 

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Two months later, Marvel Studios released Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, one of the most critically-praised comic book movies ever made. This too surpassed anyone's wildest expectations, raking in over $1 billion as well.

Overtaking both of those films was, obviously, Avengers: Infinity War, which bowed a little over two months after Black Panther. The incredibly ambitious crossover movie that took 10 years worth of set-up and worldbuilding payed off in the grandest way possible, leaving theaters with more than $2 billion in its golden gauntlet. 

Next came Solo: A Star Wars Story, the second black sheep of the bunch, as it did not even break $400 million internationally. In fact, the tepid reception to Han Solo's backstory caused Lucasfilm to put all other Star Wars anthology movies on indefinite hold. Still, it wasn't as bad as A Wrinkle in Time, which barely broke $100 million in March. 

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Luckily, Brad Bird's Incredibles 2 got things back on track in June when it joined the billion-dollar club. Ant-Man and the Wasp kept the momentum up the following month with $622.6 million. Not as impressive as some of the others, but a respectable chunk of change, nevertheless.

By the tail end of the summer and into the fall, Disney was ready for an onslaught of new releases: Christopher Robin ($197 million), The Nutcracker and the Four Realms ($151+ million), and Ralph Breaks the Internet ($258+ million and rolling). With the last two still in theaters and Mary Poppins Returns bowing next week, Disney is really squeezing the last of 2018 for all its worth. 

Once the final numbers are in for this year, we can turn our sights to 2019, which will see the release of Dumbo, Aladdin, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4, Spider-Man: Far From Home, The Lion King, Frozen 2Star Wars IX, and, of course, Avengers: Endgame. On that last count, analysts are already predicting that the Infinity War sequel will easily make another $2 billion for Marvel Studios, making it one of the safest bets since the revamped Star Wars trilogy. 

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Currently, Disney holds five of the Top 10 spots of biggest global grosses in cinematic history: Star Wars: The Force AwakensAvengers: Infinity WarMarvel's The AvengersAvengers: Age of Ultron, and Black Panther. The Last Jedi squeaks in at 11th place. 

(BO ranking via Box Office Mojo)