Chief Executive Officer at Walt Disney
Thank you, Alexia, and good afternoon, everyone. We had an excellent quarter powered by world-class storytelling, outstanding performance at our domestic theme parks, increases in live sports viewership across our linear channels and ESPN+, and significant subscriber growth at our streaming services which added 15.5 million subscriptions in the quarter, including 14.4 million Disney+ subscribers, of which 6 million were core Disney+ and 8 million were Hotstar. As of the close of Q3, we now have 221 million total subscriptions across our streaming offering. Our results showcased the ability of the Walt Disney Company's uniquely diversified businesses to power our ecosystem and explore growth opportunities across industries and distribution channels.
I'll expand on all this and more, and then Christine will go through the details of our results and provide additional insight into our fiscal 2024 expectations for Disney+. Creative excellence in storytelling that build deep emotional connections with audiences is at the root of our success. And I am pleased to say that our creative engines are firing on all cylinders across franchise, general entertainment and sports. In a testament to the depth, breadth and quality of our creative teams, we received 147 Primetime Emmy Award nominations this year, including 92 for our streaming platforms and 21 for best program in a genre.
Recognition across formats and distribution channels with 47 different shows receiving nominations, including titles like Only Murders in the Building, Abbott Elementary, What We Do in the Shadows and The Dropout right alongside shows from Disney, Marvel and Star Wars. And most recently, we received an additional 71 news and documentary Emmy nominations across ABC News, National Geographic, FX, Hulu, and ESPN. In addition to critical and industry recognition, we are thrilled by the audience response to our general entertainment offerings, response that is enhanced by a distribution strategy that maximizes reach by taking advantage of the strength of both our linear and streaming channels. Given the multiple ways we bring our content to audiences, we take a thoughtful approach to each distribution decision to determine the best strategy for each of our many high-quality titles and platforms.
Some like the buzz-generating Candy, the Kardashians, and The Bear may be best served as Hulu Originals. Others like Abbott Elementary and The Old Man have become multi-platform hits by reaching different audience demographics across both linear and streaming. And when it comes to our key franchise content, I could not be more proud of the teams at Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars. The hugely successful Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has earned nearly $1 billion at the global box office.
And Thor: Love and Thunder, which premiered on July 8, has grossed over $700 million at the global box office and is the highest domestic grossing film of the Thor franchise. Pixar's Lightyear marked the studios return to the big screen and the film debuted on Disney+ last week. Speaking of Disney+, which is now available in 155 markets after recently launching in 53 new territories, we released content with appeal across demographic groups, including Obi-wan Kenobi and Ms. Marvel, as well as feature films like Disney's Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers and Disneynature's Polar Bear.
As you know, Disney+ is still a young business and we are learning more every day about the services ability to attract new fans to our powerhouse franchises. For example, in addition to driving engagement among tens of millions of existing Marvel fans, we have seen each new Disney+ original Marvel series attract incremental viewership and new subscribers that hadn't previously engaged with Marvel content on the service, thanks to the episodic format that enables us to explore new characters and genres. The value of expanding the fan base is tremendous, and this new audience can then experience Marvel across our other offerings from consumer products to games to theme parks. Looking ahead, Q4 will feature a fantastic Disney+ content slate with a steady flow of key releases including Marvel's She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Lucasfilm's Andor, and Disney's Hocus Pocus 2, and we look forward to celebrating the second annual Disney+ Day on September 8 with activations across our synergy machine.
Given the global nature of Disney+, we are thrilled to bring international music sensation BTS to the service with an exclusive cinematic concert film and docuseries following the band's incredible journey. BTS and the K-pop genre at large carry massive global appeal and affinity, which will further extend our reach into that global fan base. And we continue to step up our investment in international local originals across formats including bringing the seventh season of Koffee With Karan, one of India's most popular talk shows exclusively to Disney+ Hotstar. On the theatrical side, we have a robust slate debuting later this year, including the highly anticipated Avatar: The Way of Water, our newest animated film Strange World, and the final film in Marvel's Phase Four, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Excitement for this film is amazing, and the trailer received more than 170 million views in its first 24 hours. Turning to sports. Our industry-leading run of rights acquisitions positions us extremely well for the future. We will continue to focus on audience expansion and long-term profitability by being disciplined in our acquisition approach and making deliberate distribution decisions for each sport in the portfolio.
The results of this approach were fantastic last quarter as The Walt Disney Company was responsible for 47% of sports hours watched by the 18 to 49 demo in fiscal Q3. Our innovative NHL deal has been a difference maker across platforms with the Stanley Cup playoff viewership up 60% over 2021 across cable and broadcast, including significant year-over-year increases in younger demos and female viewers. We also secured exclusive TV rights for the upcoming 2023 to 2027 IPL season following a competitive process where we made disciplined bids with a focus on long-term value. We are excited to continue offering IPL to our linear customers in India where growth potential exists for our portfolio of more than 70 channels that reaches 90% of pay cable and satellite TV homes in the region.
Pay TV distribution in India continues to be a robust business with projected GDP growth expected to drive advertising and consumer spending. In fact, India is one of the only markets in which we are launching new linear channels. Finally, given the results of our recently completed upfront, it is clear that our unmatched portfolio continues to be highly sought after by advertisers. Combined with our deep expertise in ad tech, we are in a position of strength with record upfront advertiser commitment leading into the launch of our ad-supported Disney+ tier.
Since the launch of Disney+, advertisers have been asking for the opportunity to connect with audiences alongside the most premium brands in content and streaming. As we shared earlier today, the Disney+ ad tier goes live on December 8, and we are taking a thoughtful approach by launching with a lower ad load and frequency to ensure a great experience for viewers. This approach, coupled with strong advertiser demand, translated into Disney+ earning industry-leading CPM rates at the most recent upfront. Turning to our parks.
This quarter featured new magic around the world and strong operating performance. All of our theme parks are now open, and we continue to bring back more of the great experience that guests love that includes Character Meet and Greet, Nighttime Spectacular at Disneyland, and Theatrical Performances. These offerings are not only big hits with guests, but also enable us to welcome more people into our parks each day. We continue to see strong revenue and profit growth at our domestic parks and experience businesses.
Even as our cruise ships and international visitation have yet to fully recover. Domestic demand at our theme parks continues to be strong, and we are seeing continued progress in those businesses still recovering from the pandemic. At the same time, the business model transformation we have achieved over the past few years have driven substantial increases in per capita spending and give us the flexibility to adapt should economic conditions change. We celebrated three major milestones for our parks and experience business this quarter, each of which were priorities I said when I had the opportunity to lead our parks team.
First, the innovative and immersive new roller coaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, opened in Epcot as part of the park's ongoing transformation to a place that is more family, more timeless and more Disney. Second, we expanded the Disney Cruise Line fleet with a Disney Wish which sailed its maiden voyage on July 14. This is the first of three new ships and is infused with Disney storytelling, one-of-a-kind entertainment and a modern interior aesthetic. It is powered by liquefied natural gas, one of the cleanest burning fuels available.
And finally, Disneyland Paris opened Avengers Campus on July 20, completing the first phase of our ambitious expansion plan. The new immersive area features two new attractions, five action stunts, encounters with Marvel superheroes and themed restaurants. I had the opportunity to help open this new land with stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and our cast, and I could not be more proud of the resort's ongoing transformation. Guests are responding in a big way to our enhanced offering at Disneyland Paris' per capita spending in Q3 was up over 30% versus 2019, a great sign of the site's potential for growth.
I am incredibly pleased with our performance this quarter, our competitive position and the unique collection of assets and capabilities that sets us apart. Going forward, The Walt Disney Company's incredible employees, cast members and creative teams will continue to transform entertainment by combining extraordinary storytelling with innovative technology to create an even larger, more connected and magical Disney universe for families and fans around the world.
With that, I'll hand it over to Christine.