'Zootopia,' 'Jungle Book,' 'Angry Birds Movie' Help Disney, Sony Russian Venture to Record Revenue

'Zootopia' — $235.5 million
Disney

2016 has been the year that animation really came to the fore in China. Disney's Zootopia has lead the way. The movie actually grossed more in its second weekend than during its opening, as effusive word of mouth spread across Chinese social media. With a sky-high 8.6/10 viewer rating on leading Chinese movie site Mtime, it appears to be the most liked film of the year so far among Chinese moviegoers.

The previous record in rubles was set in 2013.

WDSSPR, the Russian distribution joint venture of Walt Disney and Sony, has reached a new annual revenue record in rubles, exceeding a previous high in local currency terms set in 2013.

As of mid-November, the total gross of movies distributed by WDSSPR in Russia and CIS countries amounted to 12.4 billion rubles, or $189 million, local trade journal Booker's Bulletin reported.

The distribution venture's previous record in 2013 had amounted to 11.6 billion rubles, which corresponds to $177 million at the current exchange rate but was substantially more in dollar terms at the time as the ruble has lost nearly half of its value since 2014.

WDSSPR has been Russia's biggest distributor for the last five years and is likely to keep that status in 2016 as runner-up Fox is behind it with 8.7 billion rubles as of mid-November.

Among the movies contributing most significantly to the company's total box office this year are Disney's Zootopia (2.3 billion rubles), The Jungle Book (1.4 billion rubles), Captain America: Civil War (1.1 billion rubles) and Doctor Strange (991 million rubles), as well as Sony's The Angry Birds Movie (785 million rubles) and Inferno (579 million rubles to date).

Separately, Disney notched its best-ever box-office year in Russia in local currency terms before the third quarter was even over. So far, its releases have grossed 9.1 billion rubles, topping the previous record of 8.9 billion rubles for any distributor's gross in Russia in a single year, set by Universal in 2015.