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We will have to wait another 6 months to see Daniel Craig’s final appearance as 007, as No Time to Die was delayed until April. With this announcement Cineworld decided to close 200 cinemas in the UK and US for 2 months, dragging US-listed AMC down 10% overnight in the process. Film is a big-money business… and there’s one company dominating the game.

The top-grossing film of all time, Avengers: Endgame brought in almost 3 billion in box office sales. Its competitors are also dragging in 10 figures on a regular basis. Notice a common thread? Maybe the asterisks can help point it out.

Disney owns 7 of those top 10 films. The Walt Disney Company, from theme parks to blockbusters to video games is the king of entertainment.

In the piece above we touched on the biggest entertainment franchises in the world. The list may surprise you. Following Pokémon, Hello Kitty, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse and Star Wars round out the top 5. Do you know who owns those last 3 franchises? Yep, Disney.

The US$222b company has 4 major revenue streams: Media Networks, Theme Parks, Studio Entertainment and Direct to Consumer. The amazing thing? Apart from theme parks (for obvious reasons), every other sector is seeing double-digit growth.

From Disney World to ESPN, all of your leisure time may belong to just one party.