Captain America Another Arrow in Disney's Marvel Quiver

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The top-grossing movie so far this year has been Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which was produced by Disney's (DIS) Marvel Entertainment unit.

Captain America has grossed $257.8 million domestically. Two other top five movies for 2014 are also Marvel productions -- X-Men: Days of Future Past, No. 3 with $227.9 million in U.S. ticket sales, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, No. 5. with $200.9 million in U.S. gross.

Disney has profited handsomely from Marvel, which it bought in 2009 for $4.24 billion. Since that time, shares of Disney have almost tripled, compared with a 90% rise for the S&P 500 Index.

Shares of Disney were trading at $85.94, down 1%, late Tuesday morning. 

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Earnings for Disney have risen 85% during the period since the Marvel deal closed, and revenue has risen about 25%.

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