Mary Poppins Returns, the successor to the 1964 Disney classic, scored $ 4.7 million on its opening day on Wednesday. According to industry analysts, the film, which features Emily Blunt as a magical nanny, is expected to earn about $ 40 million over the weekend from Wednesday through Sunday.
This year, Disney has grossed more than $ 7 billion at the global box office. The only other time a studio did so much was in 2016 when Disney set a record $ 7.6 billion in world history's record-breaking year. Even if "Mary Poppins" flies higher than expected, Disney is unlikely to break its own record. But the achievements of this year are impressive.
Seven of the nine Disney films released in 2018 brought in more than $ 100 million domestically. These include the highest-grossing film in the US, Marvel's "Black Panther," by far the highest opening round of all time, Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" and the most talked-about animated film of all time, Pixar "Incredibles" 2nd "
The company had a huge year, despite three notable box office disappointments with "A Wrinkle in Time," "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" and "Solo: A Star Wars Story," which raised nearly $ 400 million worldwide – still a large number, but a lackluster total by "Star Wars" standards.
Disney was at the box office in 2016 and 2017 and will be the highest paid studio in Hollywood again in 2018. According to Comscore, it is about 9% more than This was achieved at a time when cinemas with streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon were facing growing competition.
Alan Horn, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, CNN Business , said this was "great" movies bring people to the theater. "
" I firmly believe in the power of cinema – there is nothing like it, and when people enjoy that experience, it reinforces that and encourages people to come back. Horn said, "But it has to be high quality content, and if so, as we've seen this year, there is room in the market for everyone."
Shawn Robbins, chief analyst of BoxOffice.com, believes the company's brands are doing so "Marvel, Pixar and Disney Animation continued to revolve throughout the year."
"Their deep list of trusted brands is the first and obvious answer to the reasons they've been so successful" Robbins said, "But the aspect that deserves the same attention is the level of creative direction and ownership that their studios ultimately have."
As successful as it was for Disney in 2018, this could be the precursor to a 2019.
Disney has a series of films next year, including "Captain Marvel," Tim Burton's live action "Dumbo," "Avengers: End Game," a live-action remake of " Aladdin "with Will Smith," T oy Story 4 "." a live action / animated remake of "The Lion King" with Beyoncé, "Frozen 2" and the last chapter of the new "Star Wars" trilogy "Star Wars: Episode IX. "2019 seems to be picking up This year's success is being increased to eleven with one of the most anticipated slates ever compiled in a single year," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.
It is expected That Disney will buy most of the 21st century The assets of Fox next year, which will bring a lot of new intellectual property, including X-Men, the "Avatar".
Also called "Disney +" Launching a new streaming service that will compete with Netflix, Disney will also open "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," the largest expansion ever seen in its theme parks.