As summer winds down, 2013 is shaping up to be Disney’s biggest year ever at the international box office. We passed the $2 billion mark on August 22, setting a “personal best”—it’s the fastest we’ve reached that mark within a calendar year, and it’s also the fourth consecutive year we’ve surpassed this threshold.
The year’s No. 1 movie, Marvel’s Iron Man 3, which released in late April and early May, led the charge with more than $805 million internationally, and Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University has just passed the $450 million mark overseas. In fact, there was even more good news from Monsters University last week, as it became the fourth Disney•Pixar film to cross $700 million globally! It’s performing especially well in China, and has just become Disney’s all-time biggest animated release there.
There’s much more to come. Disney’s Planes has only just begun its international flight, landing in the UK, Spain, Russia and Germany and crossing $105 million worldwide this past weekend. It’ll make stops in major markets including Brazil, Mexico, Australia, France, Italy and Japan throughout the rest of the year.
The world will get a glimpse at two very different tales of sibling rivalry when Thor and Loki return to the big screen in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World in November, and Anna and Elsa hold the fate of kingdom of Arendelle in their hands this holiday season in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen.