Thanks to Oppenheimer’s Super Mario Bros. Movie, Universal surpasses Disney as the most successful production company in 2023.


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Thanks to movies like Oppenheimer and The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Universal made about $5 billion in revenue in 2023.

Disney has lost to a rival film company in the game for the first time in eight years. Universal overtook the industry titan as the most prosperous film studio in 2023, having racked up almost $4.907 billion!

The studios released up to 24 films, some of which went on to become blockbusters, according to a variety article. These include The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Oppenheimer, the horror movie M3GAN, and Christopher Nolan’s epic World War II.

Despite the release of 14 films, including The Little Mermaid, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, and 10 less than Universal, which the studios attribute to their second place, Disney managed to hold onto the second position. Disney made $4.827 billion in total in 2023.

Disney said in a statement that it still owns the most titles in the top 10, along with three of the biggest domestic releases and four of the highest-grossing worldwide films.

Warner Bros.’ Barbie ($1.4 billion), Universal’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie ($1.3 billion), and Oppenheimer ($950 million) occupied the first three positions. This is the first time since 2015 that a Disney film is not at the top of the list, with a lackluster Marvel slate and no Star Wars release. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was their highest grossing movie of the year, taking in $845 million.

Here’s the lowdown of the top entries:

Universal$4.9 billion
Disney$4.8 billion
Warner Bros $3.84 billion
Sony $2.09 billion 
Paramount$2.03 billion 

Barbie, starring Greta Gerwig, was the biggest film of the year; it was out on the same day as Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Many people saw back-to-back showings of the movies on the same day during the double feature, also known as the Barbenheimer. It was the summertime event of the year.

Margot Rabbie played the title role in Barbie, while Ryan Gosling played Ken, the doll’s steady friend. The movie chronicled Barbie and Ken’s journey as they ventured out of Barbieland and discovered some startling realities about life.

Cillian Murphy played physicist J Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, in the film Oppenheimer. Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and others starred as well.

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