Walt Disney Co.’s (DIS) film studios unit hit a new milestone: $2 billion in international box office sales so far this year thanks in part to a strong showing for “Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth film in that franchise.

According to a report in Variety, after its second weekend in movie theaters, the film hit $500 million in worldwide box office sales, although it lost some of its thunder this past weekend due to the debut of “Wonder Woman.” During the weekend, "Pirates" earned $73.8 million after showing in 54 markets. Internationally, the movie has earned $386.6 million to date. Add the U.S. into the mix and the box office sales came in at $501.2 million, reported Variety. In the U.S., movie ticket sales were down 66% this past weekend and down 65% intentionally. In China, it fell to the No. 2 spot but is still the fourth-biggest film for the company in that country, noted Variety. (See also: Disney, Warner: Merchandise Up as DVD Sales Tank.)

The strong performance of the film pushed total Walt Disney Studio box office sales to above $2 billion internationally. It’s the eight year in a row Disney has reached that milestone on a global basis. Last week it stood at $1.16 billion in domestic box office ticket sales, $2.1 billion internationally and $3.21 billion globally. The entertainment company also has the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Rouge One: A Star Wars Story” to thank for the strong box office movie ticket sales.

Heroes in the Pipeline

The Burbank, Calif.-based company’s success on the movie front has been much of the reason the stock has been climbing this year, and investors should brace for more of that given its movie pipeline through 2020. (See also: Goldman Sachs Adds Disney to Conviction Buy List.)

In the spring, Disney confirmed rumors of a “Frozen 2” sequel that will hit movie screens on Nov. 27, 2019. But it’s not only a new entry in that franchise that will get moviegoers excited: it announced that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will make its way to theaters in May 2019. In 2020, the movie studio confirmed it will roll out a yet-to-be-titled Indiana Jones sequel and “Gigantic,” an animated film based on “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Between 2018 and 2020, Disney fans will be treated to a mix of animated films, Marvel superhero movies and more live-action adaptations of classic stories and films. Marvel's “Black Panther” will hit movie screens in 2018, as will “Avengers: Infinity War,” among others.

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