NEW YORK -- "Toy Story 4" has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, Disney (DIS) announced on Thursday. That makes the animated Pixar film the fifth billion dollar release for Disney this year. The studio is now the record holder for the most billion-dollar movies in a single year.
Disney hit this new milestone amid a record-breaking year that will also include the launch of Disney+ — a new streaming service that, at $6.99 a month, will likely be the most formidable competitor to Netflix. On top of that, Disney has sucked up most of 21st Century Fox's assets, giving them even more programs and intellectual property to bolster Disney+. A box office year like this one only cements Disney's status as the king of content.Meanwhile, the rest of the media and tech industry is trying to strengthen its content arsenal. CBS and Viacom announced on Tuesday that they are merging to become ViacomCBS, Inc. The long-awaited deal between the two media giants puts some of the biggest brands in entertainment such as Paramount, MTV and Showtime back under one corporate banner. Apple TV+ is launching this fall, while WarnerMedia, is launching HBO Max in the coming months.