More heroics for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6—the Oscar®-nominated comedy adventure hit the $500 million mark at the global box office this past weekend! This is the venerated animation studio’s fifth feature to reach such heights, joining Frozen, The Lion King, Tangled and Aladdin among its all-time biggest successes. Here in the U.S. and Canada, Big Hero 6 has earned $218.5 million and is on the verge of becoming the third highest-grossing Disney Animation film ever (Beauty and the Beast earned $219 million in its domestic release). Internationally, it has brought in over $287 million, including $66.7 million in Japan where it enjoyed a five-week run at No. 1, with debuts in several key markets, including France and China, still to come. No doubt the film featuring the lovable, compassion-minded robot Baymax and young prodigy Hiro is destined to become a classic in Disney’s animated tradition.
Big Hero 6 is also part of a bigger story of The Walt Disney Studios’ success in 2014—it’s the fourth film Disney released that year to cross the $500 million threshold, alongsideGuardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Disney also accomplished this feat in 2013, with Frozen, Iron Man 3, Monsters University and Thor: The Dark World.