Disney tops $4B at box office, driven by superhero flicks

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.

Walt Disney Movie Studios
Bertrand Guay | AFP | Getty Images

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."

Read MoreDisney considers Uber-style pricing for theme parks

The studio also outlined release dates for other sequels and originals, including:

  • "Cars 3" (June 2017)
  • "Coco" (November 2017)
  • "Black Panther" (February 2018)
  • "Toy Story 4" (June 2018)

Disney shares were trading slightly higher Thursday afternoon.