The Walt Disney company last night posted quarterly profit that fell in line with Wall Street expectations. 

The media and theme park giant rode the blockbuster performance of its movie box office hits "Maleficent" and "Guardians of the Galaxy." 

For the three months to the end of September, net income rose to $1.50 billion, or 86 cents per share, from $1.39 billion, or 77 cents per share, a year earlier. 

"Guardians," another hit from Disney's Marvel studio, and "Maleficent," starring Angelina Jolie as a black-robed villain, helped operating income in Disney's movie studio unit more than double from a year earlier to $254m. 

The company also announced it would release a fourth movie in Pixar's blockbuster "Toy Story" franchise in June 2017.

Disney's chief executive Bob Iger insisted the company would not rush to offer standalone subscriptions to popular content such as its sports giant ESPN outside the traditional bundle of channels sold by cable and satellite operators. 

"We don't feel a compelling need to take a product to market right now that is a direct challenge to that multichannel bundle," Iger said last night. 

He said he expected the current pay TV model "to remain dominant for some time."

Disney will experiment with online offerings, Iger said, including ESPN's planned streaming service of some NBA games.

Operating income at its US parks and resorts division rose 20% to $687m due to increased attendance and higher ticket prices for theme park admissions.

Revenue rose to $12.39 billion, marginally above the average analyst estimate of $12.37 billion.

Struggling eurodisney sees big dip in revenues

But struggling Eurodisney, which operates the Disneyland Paris theme park, yesterday reported a multi-million net loss for 2014, just weeks after parent company Disney was forced to rush to its aid. 

Total revenues for the year were down 2% compared to 2013 at €1.3 billion ($1.6 billion), resulting in an overall net loss of €114m. 

The net loss was €35m worse than last year, as visitor numbers to the Disney-themed park continued a roller-coaster ride. 

A total of 14.2 million people went through the turnstiles at the park last year, compared to 14.9 million in 2013 and 16 million the year before. 

Around half the visitors (49%) were French, with the second most frequent visitors being from Britain (16%), Eurodisney said. 

Tom Wolber, Eurodisney's president, blamed the poor results on "continued economic softness, notably in France".

Last month, US parent company Disney, was forced to ride to the rescue with a €1 billion recapitalisation plan. This included a cash infusion of €420m and a conversion of €600m of debt owed to Disney into equity. 

The firm has always struggled to turn a profit - its last was in 2008. The park boasting Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain is also weighed down by a debt mountain of some €1.7 billion.