Disney Broke the Global Box Office in 2022, Thanks to These 16 Theatrical Releases

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The year 2022 was one for the history books as far as Walt Disney Pictures is concerned, as the House of Mouse broke the worldwide box office with massive amounts of revenue from 16 of its box office releases.

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Walt Disney Pictures was the number one studio in the world at the moviehouse in 2022, boasting gains of nearly $5 billion worldwide. Domestically, Disney made $2 billion, and overseas, that number was closer to $3 billion.

Already in 2023, New Year’s weekend saw James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water blowing the box office out of the, well, water, leading to gains of nearly $1 billion overseas. It’s really no surprise, as 2022 is the seventh year in a row in which Disney has been number 1 (2016 to 2022).


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At the number two spot in the race for box office domination is Universal Studios, with $3.9 billion worldwide–$1.649 billion domestically and $2.251 billion overseas.

Disney’s dominion at the box office in 2022 can be credited to 16 titles. Of those 16, only three were released in China: Avatar: The Way of Water, Death on the Nile, and Encanto.

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Domestically, Walt Disney Studios had four of the top eight films of the year: Avatar: The Way of Water, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder. (People love those Marvel films.)

The four films contributed to nearly 30% of Disney’s domestic market share last year.

Six of the Studios’ films opened at the Number 1 spot in the United States and Canada. Those included Avatar: The Way of Water, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Barbarian and Death on the Nile.

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This year is already looking good for Walt Disney Pictures as James Cameron’s take-two of Avatar has already passed the $1.4 billion mark, and $1.5 billion will be a piece of cake.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!