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Disney becomes first studio to have five $1 billion films in one year

Disney has broken another record. Images: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

If you take a little Woody, a bit of Tony Stark, one flying carpet, a brainwashed aviator and Beyonce, what do you get?

For Disney, the answer is obvious: box office domination.

With Toy Story 4 crossing the US$1 billion mark at the box office globally, Disney now has a new title to its name, the first studio to have five films reach more than$1 billion in one year.

Avengers: Endgame made $2.79 billion, while The Lion King made$1.34 billion.

Marvel’s first female-led feature, Captain Marvel made$1.12 billion and Aladdin made $1.03 billion.

Now, after debuting on 21 June, Toy Story 4 has hit $1 billion, with the company announcing the success on Thursday.

And with the massive studio set to release Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in the next few months, Disney could be set to extend its lead by an even greater margin.

Released in 2013, Frozen made Disney $1.29 billion, while the last Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi made $1.33 billion.

The announcement comes as Disney gears up to release its streaming platform, Disney+.

Priced at $6.99 a month, the platform is set to pose the greatest competition to Netflix yet, with Disney pulling on its massive stable of films and series, as well as those made by Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar to launch a major assault.

Disney also owns many of 21st Century Fox’s assets, meaning it has access to hit programs like The Simpsons.

The only other movie to join the billion-dollar club this year was Spider-Man: Far From Home, which - while co-produced by Marvel - is classed as a Sony production.

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