One more reason it's difficult to quantify the worth and profitability of Disney animated features like Tangled (or Cars, Toy Story 1, 2, 3 etc.) ...
Walt Disney World has announced big plans to make over and expand its popular Fantasyland area in the Magic Kingdom park. In the 38 year old park history, the park is calling this the biggest overhaul yet. ... The announcement is said to be a huge response to Universal's "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" attraction that opened last year and was a big hit to its visitors. ... Being interactive with a lot of the characters and attractions is seems to be one of Disney's primary goals with this expansion. ... Construction has already been started as part of this massive expansion to Fantasyland. Expect the first attractions of the project to be open by late 2012 and everything to be completed by 2013.
See? The features feed the parks with new characters and rides, which in turn attract new Disney World guests. Who are then separated from their money.
It's that "synergy" thing, and you can't really put a price tag on it. Let me just say that without fresh content, you don't get fresh crowds, and that ends up being a bad thing, profits-wise.
So on that level, Tangled will be a dandy little profit center for years to come, regardless of whether the picture's film revenues officially go into the black in the next three months. I'm sure Disney wishes that they hadn't poured so much money into the feature's development over all those years. I'm also sure that the company is delighted with the way the Long-Haired Girl has been raking in cash around the globe.