How much a movie has earned isn’t the best thing to look into to determine whether or not a movie is good enough. But somehow, we always find ourselves checking a film’s earnings before concluding it was a success. And if we are to take it that way, Disney should top the list on the most successful studio. Why?
With the recent success of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, both aren’t even a few months old, it does not come as a surprise that Disney is still number one when it comes to studio profitability. Need more proof? Here’s a list of the highest-grossing Disney films.
Highest-Grossing Disney Films of All Time
From animated movies to live-action superhero films, here are ten of the highest-grossing Disney films that broke domestic box-office records.
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Total gross: $423,315,812
Not everybody likes Johnny Depp, but it can’t be denied that we all love seeing Capt. Jack Sparrow on the screen.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest earned more outside the United States, but it still is the tenth-highest-grossing film, looking at its more than $400 million earnings in North America. Dead Man’s Chest is also lead star Johnny Depp’s highest-grossing movie ever.
9. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Total gross: $459,005,868
Avengers: Infinity War is still out there breaking box-office records. But the 2018 film is not Disney’s only Avengers film that made them rich (or richer).
Released in 2015, Age of Ultron grossed $459 million in the United States and Canada, making it the seventh-highest-grossing film worldwide. In its first week alone, the Joss Whedon movie earned $392.5 million and $25.2 million on IMAX, setting a world record for the highest opening weekend sales for the film format.
8. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Total gross: $479,116,406
Obviously the most recent on this list, Avengers: Infinity War is still in cinemas and will probably get ranked higher after a month of screening. You see, after only fifteen days, Infinity War has already earned $479 million at the domestic box office.
With an ensemble that includes the industry’s biggest stars, it was only to be expected that Infinity War will become one of the most watched films ever. And since it has only been shown in theaters for weeks, people expect the film to earn more and probably be the highest earner ever, who knows.
7. Finding Dory (2016)
Total gross: $486,295,561
Nemo didn’t make the list, but his friend with short-term memory did. Finding Dory became the third-highest-grossing 2016 film after earning more than $50 million in a single day, a first for an animated film.
Finding Dory set records both for Pixar and ticketing company Fandango and for the animation industry as a whole.
6. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Total gross: $504,014,165
With a $160 million budget, Beauty and the Beast is the most expensive musical film ever, but Disney didn’t have to worry about the cost because they knew it was going to be big, considering the fairy tale it was trying to breath life into.
And boy were they right.
In only ten days, the 2017 film became the highest-grossing live-action musical film ever made, earning $100 million in its opening weekend. Beauty and the Beast is Emma Watson‘s second-highest-grossing film and Dan Stevens‘s, who played the Beast, highest.
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Total gross: $532,177,324
Rogue One didn’t only receive Academy Award nominations, it was also 2016’s third-most profitable film. The Star Wars movie earned $532 million in the US and Canada, against a budget of $265 million.
The first installment in the Star Wars Anthology series, Rogue One set records and continued gaining positive reviews from critics. Additionally, along with Captain America: Civil War and Finding Dory, Rogue One shot Disney to the top spot as the studio that gained the highest profit in 2017.
4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Total gross: $620,181,382
Earning $104 million on its very first day, The Last Jedi was well on its way to becoming one of the highest-grossing Disney films. Made on a $200 million budget, The Last Jedi gave Disney a net profit of $417 million, making it the most profitable film of 2017.
3. The Avengers (2012)
Total gross: $623,357,910
It will probably get stripped of its enviable number 3 spot soon, but for now, we shall let Marvel’s The Avengers bask in the glory being the third-highest-grossing Disney film brings.
At the time of its release in 2012, The Avengers was the studio’s highest-grossing film ever, although the more recent Disney films beat the records it set. Still, though, it is the highest-grossing comic-book adaptation and the superhero film that earned the highest at the domestic box office.
2. Black Panther (2018)
Total gross: $694,021,143
The second-youngest film on the list, Black Panther did not only make headlines for its black representation and delivering a story line that is “absorbing,” it was also the subject of news articles for its box-office success.
Black Panther has earned a total of $694 million in the US and Canada, $370 million of it the film earned in its first week alone. With a worldwide box-office earnings of $1.339 billion, Black Panther is the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time.
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Total gross: $936,662,225
Surprised? Probably not. Everybody loves Star Wars, and we’re all willing to skip a long-planned dinner just to see it on its first day in cinemas.
The film was scheduled for a December 14, 2015, release, but as early as October, ticketing companies started an advance ticket selling on October 19. The demand for the film was too strong, sites crashed. In the United States and Canada alone, The Force Awakens earned a total of $936 million, making it Disney’s biggest earner ever. Worldwide, the film earned $1 billion in 12 days, making it the fastest at the time (Infinity War now holds the record, earning a billion in eleven days).
Star Wars is probably one of the most loved media franchise ever, so for you who have been following the film series, The Force Awakens taking the top spot should not be surprising.
For three years now, Disney has been named the top studio when it comes to profitability. But with the quality of the films the media company releases, we can’t really question that.