Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Type Division of Walt Disney Studios
Industry Motion pictures
When it was created 1953; 64 years ago (1953) (as Buena Vista Film Distribution Company, Inc.)
Headquarters Walt Disney Studios (Burbank) at 500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, California
, United States
Key people Dave Hollis (executive vice-president)[1]
Services Movie distribution and marketing
Parent
Divisions
Website Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is an American movie company owned by The Walt Disney Company.[2]

The company began in 1953 as Buena Vista Distribution Company, to manage distribution, marketing and promotion for movies produced by the Walt Disney Studios. These include Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, DisneyToon Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Disneynature, and Touchstone Pictures.

The division changed to its current name in 2007. Since 1987, the company name had been Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.[3]

History[change | change source]

Before 1953, Walt Disney's productions were distributed by Columbia Pictures, United Artists and RKO. However, an argument led to Walt and his older brother Roy O. Disney beginning the Buena Vista Film Distribution Company, Inc. (BVDC), to handle North American distribution of their own products.[4]

For the 01995-11 November 1995 Toy Story premiere, Disney rented the Hollywood Masonic Temple for Totally Toy Story, as a multimedia funhouse and a promotional event for the movie.[5] Because of its success as a venue, in July 1998, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution bought the Masonic Temple building.[6][7]

In April 2006, Buena Vista International agreed to a distribution deal with MegaStar Joint Venture Company Limited. This was to help them bring their most popular movies to be shown in Vietnam.[8]

In April 2007, Disney stopped using the Buena Vista nickname in its distribution branding.

In 2009, Disney began a partnership with DreamWorks Studios. They agreed to make an estimated 30 movies over a five-year period from DreamWorks and release them under the Touchstone Pictures name. The distribution deal will end in August 2016. DreamWorks and Disney decided to not renew their agreement in December 2015; with Universal Pictures replacing Disney as DreamWorks' distributor.[9][10][11][12]

Distribution[change | change source]

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has released the most movies that have earned more than $1-billion, (nine, in worldwide grosses), among major Hollywood studios, with eight of the twenty highest-grossing movies of all time being distributed by Disney.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

In 2015, Disney achieved its largest yearly box-office gross worldwide and in North America.[19][20][21]

The company distributes all feature movies produced by Walt Disney Studios, other Disney movie units and some third-party studios.

Highest-grossing movies[change | change source]

Highest-grossing movies in North America
Rank Title Year Studio label Box office gross
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 Lucasfilm $936,519,683
2 The Avengers 2012 Marvel $623,357,910
3 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 Marvel $459,005,868
4 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 Disney $423,315,812
5 The Lion King 1994 Disney $422,783,777
6 Toy Story 3 2010 Disney/Pixar $415,004,880
7 Iron Man 3 2013 Marvel $409,013,994
8 Frozen 2013 Disney $400,738,009
9 Finding Nemo 2003 Disney/Pixar $380,843,261
10 Inside Out 2015 Disney/Pixar $356,002,827
11 Alice in Wonderland 2010 Disney $334,191,110
12 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Marvel $333,176,600
13 Zootopia 2016 Disney $332,515,562
14 The Jungle Book 2016 Disney $315,289,618
15 Captain America: Civil War 2016 Marvel $310,545,889
16 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 Disney $309,420,425
17 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Disney $305,413,918
18 The Sixth Sense 1999 Hollywood $293,506,292
19 Up [2009 Disney/Pixar $293,004,164
20 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 Disney $291,710,957
21 Monsters, Inc. 2001 Disney/Pixar $289,916,256
22 Toy Story 2 1999 Disney/Pixar $276,554,625
23 Monsters University 2013 Disney/Pixar $268,492,764
24 The Incredibles 2004 Disney/Pixar $261,441,092
25 Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 Marvel $259,766,572
Highest-grossing movies worldwide
Rank Title Year Studio label Box office gross
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 Lucasfilm $2,066,376,683
2 The Avengers 2012 Marvel $1,519,557,910
3 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 Marvel $1,405,805,868
4 Frozen 2013 Disney $1,279,852,693
5 Iron Man 3 2013 Marvel $1,215,439,994
6 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 Disney $1,066,179,725
7 Toy Story 3 2010 Disney/Pixar $1,063,171,911
8 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 Disney $1,045,713,802
9 Alice in Wonderland 2010 Disney $1,025,467,110
10 The Lion King 1994 Disney $987,483,777
11 Captain America: Civil War 2016 Marvel $981,945,889
12 Zootopia 2016 Disney $971,515,562
13 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 Disney $963,420,425
14 Finding Nemo 2003 Disney/Pixar $936,743,261
15 Inside Out 2015 Disney/Pixar $851,175,046
16 The Jungle Book 2016 Disney $832,189,618
17 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Marvel $774,176,600
18 Maleficent 2014 Disney $758,410,378
19 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 Disney $745,013,115
20 Monsters University 2013 Disney/Pixar $743,559,607
21 Up 2009 Disney/Pixar $731,342,744
22 Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 Marvel $714,766,572
23 The Sixth Sense 1999 Hollywood $672,806,292
24 Big Hero 6 2014 Disney $657,827,828
25 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Disney $654,264,015

—Includes theatrical reissue(s).

References[change | change source]

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