The owner of Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Pixar Animation and Walt Disney Animation Studios also recently announced it was the first studio ever to reach the $7 billion threshold at the global box office. From January 1 through December 31, 2016, Disney earned $7.61 billion globally from ticket sales.
The milestone was helped by the success of Captain America: Civil War, animated film Finding Dory and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Disney held six of the top 11 films of the year globally and seven of the top 12 domestically. Disney releases also held the top spot at the box office for 21 out of 52 weekends.
This is the second consecutive record year in Disney history by all three measures, the company said. Its previous biggest year was 2015 with about $5.84 billion globally, $2.28 billion domestically and $3.57 billion internationally.
Rogue One finished atop the box office for a third consecutive weekend, grossing $64.3 million over the four-day New Year's weekend, according to comScore data. Worldwide, the film clinched the number one spot with a three-day total of $95.3 million.
Yesterday, Evercore added Disney to its top picks for 2017, but noted the company will face tough year-over-year comparisons in its studio entertainment segment this year.
Shares of Disney were up 0.93% to $107.07 in mid-afternoon trading Wednesday.