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Walt Disney's vast catalog continues to fuel box office magic.
The entertainment giant's Walt Disney Studios on Thursday announced it has raked in $4 billion at the global box office this year. It marks the third consecutive year Disney reached the threshold.
Its 2009 acquisition of Marvel Entertainment, at a steep $4 billion, continues to produce hits, despite fears that the film market is oversaturated with superheroes. "Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Marvel's Ant-Man" grossed $1.4 billion and $410 million worldwide, respectively.
The Pixar animated film "Inside Out" recently passed $800 million globally. Disney still has two highly-anticipated releases slated for this year in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "The Good Dinosaur."
The studio also outlined release dates for other sequels and originals, including:
Disney shares were trading slightly higher Thursday afternoon.