On the heels of a record-breaking weekend for "The Avengers," Disney reported better-than-expected fiscal second quarter results. Earnings grew 18 percent over the year-ago quarter, to 58 cents, 3 percent more than Wall Street expected, and revenue grew 6 percent to $9.629 billion.
"The Avengers" wasn't included in the quarter, but CEO Bob Iger made some news about the hit movie, saying that a sequel is in the works.
That's in addition to "Iron Man 3" due out in May 2013, "Thor 2" in November 2013, and "Captain America 2" in April 2014. Iger pointed out that this hit franchise has positive impact beyond the studio: it's already lifting Disney's consumer products division. Iger says based on early figures demand for "Avengers" merchandise has been "very strong" — they can't make the products fast enough.