The success of "The Avengers" and an enthusiastic response to the revamp of Disneyland's California Adventure theme park helped the Walt Disney corporation reap a better than expected Q3 profit.

Disney's movie studio was behind much of the earnings gain as studio profit surged to $313m from $49m a year ago, backed by upbeat ticket sales to movies like "The Avengers" and "Brave."

However, revenue missed expectations as studio revenue was roughly flat at $1.63 billion, much less than the $1.77 billion analysts expected. 

Smaller revenue from DVD and Blu-ray disc sales than a year ago was a key factor in the miss.

Disney's chief executive Bob Iger said attendance at Disney California Adventure accounted for about half of the visits to its Anaheim, California, parks, up from just a quarter previously.

The success comes on the heels of the June unveiling of a $1 billion-plus overhaul that included the addition of an area based on the movie "Cars."

Total revenue in the parks and resorts segment gained 9% to $3.44 billion, benefiting from a full quarter of operations of its newest cruise ship, the Disney Fantasy, higher Disneyland attendance and higher ticket prices. Last year, parks results were hurt by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Net income for the three months ended June 30 rose 24% to $1.83 billion, beating market expectations. But revenues only rose 4% to $11.09 billion, short of the $11.32 billion expected by analysts.

Mr Iger said he expects the fortunes of Disney's movie studio to get better. "We feel good about our slate," he said in a conference call. "We do believe were going to continue to improve returns on that business led by the franchises and the big brand power of our films," he added.

Mr Iger said that Joss Whedon would return to write and direct the sequel to "The Avengers," the number three highest grossing film of all time, as well as develop a TV show for broadcast network ABC.

Although the sequel's release date is not set, Disney plans to release several sequels featuring Avengers characters including "Iron Man 3" in May, "Thor: The Dark World" in November, and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in April 2014.

The Burbank, California-based studio is in the midst of a turnaround in an attempt to erase a big loss on "John Carter," a film that was shepherded to the big screen by former studio chairman Rich Ross. In May, Disney hired former Warner Brothers president Alan Horn as studio chair to improve results.

Revenue from TV businesses such as ESPN and ABC rose 3% to $5.08 billion, largely in line with forecasts. Ad revenue at ESPN rose in the "mid-teen" percentages thanks to higher prices, sales volume and bigger audiences.

Consumer products revenue grew 8% to $742m. The company's interactive games division saw revenue fall 22% to $196m as there were fewer significant titles compared to a year ago.