Disney’s Marvel superhero blockbuster “Avengers: Infinity War” became the fourth film ever—and first summer movie—to cross $2 billion at the global box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It’s the latest example of Disney’s absolute supremacy in the theatrical business. Through June 10, the Mouse House has accounted for 34% of the domestic box office, despite releasing a grand total of four movies in 2018, fewer than any other major studio. Fox is second, with 13%. Disney is able to rely on its treasure trove of IP to make a handful of big bets that get millions of people to step away from Netflix and actually go to the theater, an impressive feat in 2018.
Disney has had some missteps, like its recent “Star Wars” film “Solo,” which bombed in China, but its competitive advantage in the movie business seems to only be increasing. And if it can beat out Comcast to most of Fox’s TV and film assets, Disney would dominate the box office to a historic level—as long as people still want to see superhero films.