Even though in-person audiences were hard to come by last year, US moviegoers showed up for Disney films. That said, even though Disney won at the US ticket booth, its 2021 totals were a steep fall from its pre-pandemic box office levels.
Disney’s steep box office drop is not a surprise given the ongoing pandemic, which has changed industry dynamics and pushed streaming to the forefront. Although Disney’s drop is significant, comparing its box office right now to its pre-coronavirus level is like comparing, well, the company’s high-speed Space Mountain roller coaster to the leisurely boat ride of It’s a Small World’s.
With 2021 now behind it, Disney is looking forward to a slate of films that could be big hits in 2022.
They include such highly anticipated Marvel films as “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness,” “Thor: Love and Thunder” and the “Black Panther” sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
It will also release other notable non-superhero related films like Pixar’s “Lightyear,” a new take on the beloved “Toy Story” character, and the next film in the lucrative Avatar series, “Avatar 2.”