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Photo Illustration: Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

With the help of a successful weekend showing of "Frozen 2," the Walt Disney Company has officially raked in more than $10 billion this year in box office sales, a new record.

Why it matters: Disney’s box office success this year is attributable in part to a years-long strategy to invest in major tentpole franchises, like Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. Most of its biggest box office hits this year came from those three brands.

By the numbers: Disney has distributed seven of the top 10 movies this year by theater ticket sales. Six of those films have brought in more than $1 billion.

These are the 2019 worldwide box office revenue totals, per Box Office Mojo:

  1. Avengers: Endgame: $2,797,800,564 (Disney)
  2. The Lion King: $1,656,313,097 (Disney)
  3. Spider-Man: Far from Home: $1,131,927,996 (Disney)
  4. Captain Marvel: $1,128,274,794 (Disney)
  5. Toy Story 4: $1,073,394,593 (Disney)
  6. Joker: $1,054,941,623 (Warner Bros)
  7. Aladdin: $1,050,693,953 (Disney)
  8. Frozen 2: $919,694,901 (Disney)
  9. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw: $758,910,100 (Universal Pictures)
  10. Ne Zha: $700,547,754 (Beijing Enlight Pictures)

Between the lines: Disney‘s success has prompted calls by anti-monopoly advocates for regulators to eye its box office dominance. Disney is expected to bring in roughly 40% of all box office revenues this year.

Yes, but: While its studio strength was evaluated as part of its deal to acquire most of 21st Century Fox last year, its acquisition of Fox’s movie studio hasn’t been what has led to its theater dominance.

The bottom line: Most of Disney's success at the box office in 2019 is attributable to the franchises it has acquired and built up over many years.

What's next: Disney's dominance is particularly notable given the fact that its upcoming Star Wars film, "The Rise of Skywalker," has yet to be released.

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Editor's note: This piece has been corrected to show that six of the seven Disney top-10 movies this year brought in more than $1 billion (not five).

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Gonzaga University revokes NBA great John Stockton's tickets over mask stance

Former Utah Jazz player John Stockton during a 2017 press conference in Salt Lake City. Photo: Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Gonzaga University suspended the season tickets of notable alumni John Stockton after the NBA Hall of Famer failed to comply with the school's basketball games mask mandate, the Spokesman-Review first reported.

Driving the news: "Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit," the former Utah Jazz point guard told the outlet in an interview Saturday.

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The State Department will begin evacuating families and nonessential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory published Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten the embassy's ability to assist Americans.

Perfect storm brewing for extreme politicians

Data: Axios research; Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Redistricting and a flood of departing incumbents are paving the way for more extreme candidates in this year's midterm elections.

Driving the news: At least 19 House districts in 12 states are primed to attract such candidates — hard partisans running in strongly partisan districts — according to an Axios analysis of districts as measured by the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI).