16 December 2013 3:25 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Powered by the year’s top-grossing release, “Iron Man 3,” Disney just scored a company best in domestic box office, surpassing the studio’s previous record of $1.55 billion set last year. Internationally, the Mouse amassed through November north of $2.3 billion, its previous overseas benchmark.

Disney reached another studio-best tally at the worldwide B.O. this year, surpassing $4 billion last month. Both previous international and worldwide records were set in 2010.

So far, “Iron Man 3″ — the first Marvel film for Disney this year, preceding “Thor: The Dark World” –  stands as this year’s only $1 billion worldwide grosser when last year there were four. “Iron Man 3″ also is the fifth-highest grossing film of all time, with $1.2 billion globally; while “Thor” has cumed $621.2 million worldwide and counting.

Aside from its Marvel pair, Disney saw another hit in 2013 with Pixar: the toon shop’s “Monsters University” is the fourth-highest grossing film this year globally, »

- Andrew Stewart

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