Disney smashes annual box office takings record

Disney has now taken more than $7bn (£5.66bn) at the global cinema box office in 2016, setting a new record for the biggest sales by a studio in a single year, with ten days to go.

Rogue One: the latest film from the Star Wars universe
Rogue One: the latest film from the Star Wars universe

The studio released the four biggest films of the year: Captain America: Civil War; Finding Dory; Zootopia and The Jungle Book. The first three of these each surpassed sales of $1bn, the Guardian reports. Doctor Strange, on $653m, also made the top ten.

The annual total stands to rise even higher. Star Wars spinoff Rogue One, released on 10 December in the US, made $300m in its opening weekend and is likely to remain a hit over Christmas. Animated film Moana is currently on $282m and growing.

With the global population today sitting at 7.47bn, it means Disney is likely to achieve the feat of making more than a dollar for every person on earth.

The previous record of $6.9bn was set last year by Universal, whose films included Jurassic World and Furious 7.

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