Home entertainment sales of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War (physical and digital) helped increase Walt Disney Studios’ fourth-quarter (ended Sept. 30) operating income 64.5% ($378 million) to $596 million from $218 million during the previous-year period. Revenue increased 50% to $2.15 billion from $1.43 billion last year.
Infinity War has sold $90.5 million via 2.7 million combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc units since its Aug. 14 retail debut, according to The-Numbers.com. The title is the sixth best-selling title of the year – but only the fifth best Disney title!
Other significant home entertainment titles included Solo: A Star Wars Story, released Sept. 25, while the prior-year quarter included Beauty and the Beast.
For the year, Black Panther, Stars Wars: The Last Jedi, Coco and Thor: Ragnarok rank among the top-five home entertainment releases in 2018.
“We’re very pleased with our financial performance in fiscal 2018, delivering record revenue, net income and earnings per share,” CEO Bob Igersaid in a statement. “We remain focused on the successful completion and integration of our 21st Century Fox acquisition and the further development of our direct-to-consumer business, including the highly anticipated launch of our Disney-branded streaming service late next year.”
Separately, Iger revealed the pending direct-to-consumer streaming service will be called Disney +, featuring original content from Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm.