Well, almost. After all, there were those two high-profile releases from Disney's resident hit-maker, Jerry Bruckheimer. First it was Prince of Persia, which kicked off the summer with designs to be the next big Disney franchise in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean. Next came The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which reunited the director, producer and star of the National Treasure films for another attempt at a new franchise. Both have been pretty big busts. With combined budgets of over $350 million, plus marketing and release costs that likely exceed $200 million, the two films together have brought in about $480 million worldwide. In other words, they've lost a lot of money. In hindsight, it seems pretty clear that Disney would have been better off continuing the Narnia series instead of trying to build a new fantasy franchise from scratch. And it seems equally clear that Bruckheimer, Nicolas Cage, and Jon Turteltaub should focus their energies on National Treasure 3. Then again, what's a loss of a few hundred million dollars when you are raking in over $2 billion?
Looking at the rest of the year, Disney still has two big releases yet to come. The first is
Finally, there's Tron: Legacy. In contrast to Tangled, Disney has been marketing this film brilliantly. if the film is anywhere close to as good as what we've been shown so far, it should be a solid hit for the studio. Hopefully, when 2010 comes to a close, Disney will still have plenty to cheer about.