Walt Disney Studios has claimed the biggest domestic, international and global box office totals for 2022.
The studio has amassed US$4.9 billion worldwide – US$2 billion domestically and US$2.9 billion overseas. This marks the seventh straight year Disney has topped the year-end global box office since 2016. This may just be the work of James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water. The sci-fi epic raked in US$1 billion over the Christmas and New Year’s weekend.
This may come as a surprise seeing how Paramount Picture’s Top Gun: Maverick was the box office success of 2022, topping both domestic and worldwide box office charts. Despite Tom Cruise’s soaring sequel, Disney still owned 40% of the top ten highest-grossing films. Locally, Disney is also top in Singapore, with the largest share of the total box office gross.
In 2022, the studio released Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (US$956 million worldwide), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (US$820 million worldwide) and Thor: Love and Thunder (US$761 million worldwide) – all of which have become part of Singapore’s top 10 movies of 2022. The studio also released animated hits like Encanto, Lightyear and Strange World. More impressively, only three of Disney’s films were released in China: The Way of Water, Encanto and Death on the Nile.
Coming in second place is Universal with US$3.9 billion worldwide – US$1.649 billion domestically and US$2.251 billion offshore. The studio’s top-grossing films were Jurassic World: Dominion, Minions: The Rise of Gru and Nope.
Can Disney continue its streak in 2023? That remains to be seen but the House of Mouse sure has a shot at the crown once more. The studio has dozens of theatrical releases planned as of the time of writing, with more to be revealed as the year unfolds.
Some of these releases include Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania in February, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and The Little Mermaid in May, the highly-anticipated fifth Indiana Jones movie at the tail-end of June and The Marvels in July. The studio will also offer original content such as Pixar’s latest film Elemental and Wish.