Brie Larson’s The Marvels, Jonathan Majors’ Ant-Man 3 Fail Miserably: Disney No Longer Highest Grossing Movie Studio of 2023

Disney has lost the top spot as the highest grossing studio for the first time since 2015.

brie larson's the marvels, jonathan majors' ant-man 3 fail miserably: disney no longer highest grossing movie studio of 2023


  • Disney loses first place as the highest-grossing movie studio to Universal Pictures in 2023.
  • Universal Pictures' Oppenheimer and Super Mario Bros. played a crucial role in the studio's success.
  • None of DIsney's films in 2023 even made the top 3 list in 2023.
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Disney Studios has been ruling the industry for quite some time now. A key reason behind the studio’s success was none other than the amazing performance of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies at the box office.

Disney's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

In 2023, multiple Marvel movies failed at the box office, such as The Marvels and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. On top of that, films like The Little Mermaid and Strange World didn’t help much either.

Also Read: Cillian Murphy and Chris Pratt’s Movies Help Universal Studio End Disney’s Dominant Reign as The Highest Grossing Studio


Disney Gets Dethroned as the Highest-Grossing Movie Studio of 2023

Ever since the rise of the MCU, Disney has remained one of the highest grossing movie studios in the world. However, according to a report by Variety (via @DiscussingFilm), Disney has lost its top place to Universal Pictures, which released films such as Oppenheimer and Super Mario Bros. in 2023.

As mentioned in the above-attached tweet, it’s the first time since 2015 that Disney has failed to become the top-performing movie studio in the world. Movie fanatics had various reactions to the news on Twitter.



A plethora of fans pointed out that Disney’s demise is only to blame for themselves. After all, the studio didn’t release a wide range of movies in 2023. On the other hand, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. didn’t make this mistake.


Although Disney had an underwhelming year by their standards, they still managed to clinch second place on the list of the top-performing movie studios in 2023. Keeping that in mind, if the studio can focus more on delivering quality movies in 2024, they may regain the top spot.

Universal Pictures' Oppenheimer
Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer

One of the most anticipated movies under the banner of 2024 is none other than Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman’s Deadpool 3. Apart from that, a prequel to Lion King and a new Alien movie on the slate has fans on the edge of anticipation this year.

Also Read: Despite Having Tom Cruise at Their Side, Paramount Suffers Humiliating Defeat Against Disney at 2023 Box Office


Disney Failed to Even Have a Single Movie in the Top 3 Spots in 2023

It’s one thing to lose their top spot to Universal Pictures, it’s another to fail to land even one movie in the top 3 spots in 2023. Well, as per the aforementioned report by Variety, none of Disney’s flicks managed to cross the $1 billion mark at the box office.

But for the first time in a long time, Disney didn’t have one of the top three movies — those spots belong to Warner Bros.’ “Barbie” ($1.4 billion) and Universal’s “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” ($1.3 billion) and “Oppenheimer” ($950 million). It’s also the first time since 2014 (except for the pandemic-stricken 2020 and 2021) that none of Disney’s movies crossed the $1 billion benchmark.

Disney's The Marvels
Disney’s The Marvels

One of the only triumphs for Disney was none other than Chris Pratt’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which raked in $845 million for the decorated movie studio.

Amidst the rivalry of Universal Pictures and Disney, Warner Bros. quietly clinched the third spot on the list. The biggest hit by the studio was none other than Barbie, which made $1.4 billion globally and became the highest-grossing movie of 2023.


Which studio will win the war for being the highest-grossing movie studio in 2024? The audience will find out with time.

Aikansh Chaudhary

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