As noted in a press release from Disney, the studio enjoyed its second highest year ever at the box office, with $4.44 billion in total ticket sales. The flush 12 months come on the heels of the studio's record-breaking 2013, which saw $4.73 billion in global grosses. And yet the past two years might amount to chump change by this time next year.
Only two studios have ever topped $5 billion in global ticket sales: Warner Bros. in 2013 and Paramount in 2011. Disney could join those companies in 2015 ... with just four of its films taken into account: "Cinderella," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Pixar's "Inside Out" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Toss in an updated version of "The Jungle Book," another Pixar movie ("The Good Dinosaur") and what could be a franchise starter in Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" with George Clooney, and the lineup looks near unstoppable. This is how deep things are: Steven Spielberg's new movie, an untitled drama with Tom Hanks at the center, would count as one of Disney's underdogs.
Here's the complete list of movies Disney will release in 2015. The record for a single-year global gross for a studio is $5.17 billion.
Jan. 23 - "Strange Magic"
Feb. 20 - "McFarland, USA"
March 13 - "Cinderella"
April 17 - "Monkey Kingdom"
May 1 - "Avengers: Age of Ultron"
May 22 - "Tomorrowland"
June 19 - "Inside Out"
July 17 - "Ant–Man"
Oct. 9 - "The Jungle Book"
Oct. 16 - The Untitled Steven Spielberg Cold War Spy Thriller
Nov. 25 - "The Good Dinosaur"
Dec. 18 - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
This post has been updated to include Disney's final 2014 global gross.