Everyone knows just how nasty the movie business is. So while Hollywood enjoys the box office bombing of The Lone Ranger, Disney today becomes the first studio to reach $1B at the domestic box office this year. It’s the 8th year in a row that the studio has passed that threshold. Results have been driven primarily by three pics: Iron Man 3 ($406M), Oz The Great And Powerful ($235M), and the Pixar prequel Monsters University ($225M in three weeks and passing box office milestones faster than any Pixar film except Toy Story 3). What’s most impressive is that those three films have racked up over $2B globally so far. The Lone Ranger is only Disney’s 4th release this year, and six more are on the schedule. That’s an ultra-light release year by any standard. But still to come are another Marvel sequel, Thor: The Dark World, two more animated Disney films including the tentpole Frozen, two DreamWorks pics, and Saving Mr. Banks (whose trailer was just released yesterday).

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