It’s been a hugely successful year for Walt Disney studios as the entertainment giants officially crossed the $3 billion mark at the global box office for the year 2022 thanks to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The sequel to 2009’s Black Panther climbed to $381 million in global earnings with $205 million of that coming domestically, making the superhero film the biggest November opening of all time.
This is the 14th time the company has managed to achieve or surpass this milestone. Last year, the studios grossed a total of $2.9 billion.
Disney’s 2022 success is thanks in no small part to Marvel studios, making the company’s $4 billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment back in 2009 a masterstroke. This year, Marvel’s films have contributed over $2 billion to Disney’s box office haul with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($955 million), Thor: Love and Thunder ($761 million), and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ($381 million to date).
Disney isn’t done this year either. The studios still has the highly anticipated opening of 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water, as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Strange World and Searchlight Pictures’ The Menu and Empire of Light to come this year.