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  • Disney accumulated $4.9 billion from 16 theatrical releases in 2022
  • "Avatar: The Way of Water" impressed before the year ended with its $1.4 billion gross
  • "Top Gun: Maverick" holds the record for the most successful movie release in 2022

"Top Gun: Maverick" may be the biggest success story of 2022, but Disney got the bigger bag in terms of accumulated earnings from its big screen releases in the previous year.

On Tuesday, Collider's Andrew Korpan reported that Disney topped the 2022 global box office with an impressive $4.9 billion haul from its movie releases within the year.

Helping the company snatch the top spot from other studios and entertainment firms were "Avatar: The Way of Water" and "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."

Based on the latest domestic and global tallies by the end of the year, the highly anticipated "Avatar" sequel has crossed the $1.4 billion mark. Meanwhile, the "Black Panther" sequel also impressed with its $820 million global and $439 million domestic sales.

Disney's other big Marvel releases also performed well in terms of ticket sales. "Thor: Love and Thunder" managed to rake in $760 million worldwide and $343 million domestically. Then, there's "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," which earned $955 million globally and $411 million domestically.

The overall gross of Disney worldwide in 2022 reached $4.9 billion, while its domestic earnings across 16 theatrical releases last year crossed the $2 billion mark.

The previous year marked the seventh consecutive year for Disney to reign supreme at the global box office. Expectations are high this 2023 for the company to continue its streak, considering the lineup of movies heading to theaters, including "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" and "The Marvels," according to Korpan.

Meanwhile, the biggest success story in 2022 still belongs to "Top Gun: Maverick." The Tom Cruise-starrer earned $719 million domestically and $770 million internationally for a worldwide haul of $1.489 billion, based on data presented by Box Office Mojo.

"Maverick" beat expectations when it secured $1 billion sales just 31 days after its release, an impressive feat in the pandemic era. It also became Cruise's highest-grossing film ever.

The "Top Gun" sequel is the first non-fantasy, action film to top the domestic summer box office worldwide since Cruise's other movie, "Mission: Impossible II," released in 2000, according to Forbes.

Canadian filmmaker James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron pose on the red carpet at the world premiere of 'Avatar: The Way of Water'