Five Media Stocks Outstripping Disney In 2015

Media behemoth, The Walt Disney Company (DIS - Analyst Report) grabbed all the attention in 2015 with big box office hits like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Inside Out and Cinderella. And to top it all, Disney’s Star Wars franchise returned to the theaters after a decade with Star Wars: The Force Awakens to give a fitting end to a spectacular year.

Dream Year for Disney’s Movie Business

Disney tasted repeated success at the box office raking in more than $5 billion in 2015. Luck seems to be on its side with the company striking gold at the box office with almost every movie released over the last couple of years. In 2015, it came up with hits like Avengers: Age of UltronMarvel's Ant-ManInside OutCinderella and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Looking at Avengers: Age of Ultron’s box office numbers, the movie has earned $458.9 million in the U.S. and $946 million from the overseas market. The total collection of this movie, which was made on a budget of $279.9 million, has crossed $1.4 billion globally.

Made at a budget of approximately $175 million, Inside Out released in June also did fabulous business and earned more than $800 million globally. Cinderella, released in March, had a budget of $95 million and also did sound business with a total box office haul of over $542 million out of which $201.1 million came from the domestic market and $341.4 million was earned internationally. Paul Rudd starrer Ant-Man, which hit the box office in July, collected nearly $410 million globally.

In December, the company released its much awaited flick – Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The movie is flying high at the box office, with its worldwide collection crossing the $1 billion mark. And this feat was achieved in the first 12 days of release beating "Jurassic World," which had crossed the figure in 13 days. In the opening weekend, the movie shattered box office records with a massive collection of $517 million worldwide.

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