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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Lowest Debut of the Trilogy

'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' debuted to $175.5m at the domestic box office and $198m across international markets for a total of $373.5m.

While the domestic 3-day haul of TRoS is solid business for the studio and one of the best debuts of 2019, it's a far cry from the huge openings the Sequel Trilogy previously commanded. In 2015, after the franchise had spent a decade in big-screen carbonite, 'The Force Awakens' burst into theatres surrounded by mega hype, hype so large it would only be matched by the buzz that would build for 'Avengers: Endgame' four years later, and smashed out a $245m domestic debut. J.J. Abram's 'The Force Awakens' set multiple records, including; Fastest Movie to Gross $1bn, Biggest Global Debut ($529m) and it's still the highest-grossing movie of all-time at the domestic box office with $936.6m ('Avengers: Endgame' is second with $858.37m). 'Star Wars' was back, big time and the Force was strong with the Disney era. Fast forward to 2019, and things have changed drastically. Earlier this year, Disney/Marvel Studio's 'Captain Marvel' opened in North America to $153.4m and Disney's 'The Lion King' roared onto the screen with a $191.77m domestic debut. All other films were dwarfed by the incredible $357.1m opening weekend of 'Avengers: Endgame', so in the wider context, The Rise of Skywalker's $175.5m is a fantastic debut, but worrying when measured against the other two entries in the trilogy and deeply concerning considering this movie is supposed to represent the finale to the "greatest" cinematic saga of all-time.

Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Opening Weekends (unadjusted):

1. The Force Awakens (2015) $245m
2. The Last Jedi (2017) $220m
3. The Rise of Skywalker (2019) $175.5m

There was a drastic $736m drop-off between the $2.068bn generated worldwide by 'The Force Awakens' and the $1.33bn brought in by 'The Last Jedi', there was also a $664m differential between 'Rogue One' with $1.05bn and 'Solo' with $392.9m, so the studio will be at least breathing a small sigh of relief that 'The Rise of Skywalker' has already managed to gross $373.5m worldwide making it highly unlikely that the finale to the sequel trilogy will experience a $600-700m drop-off against 'The Last Jedi', leaving it forlorn on a final global tally of £632-732m, yet, with the IP being a dead duck in China, if traditional markets don't come out strong over the coming weeks, 'The Rise of Skywalker' may find it more difficult than it should to claw its way to $1bn... a target that would have been a given a couple of years ago. China has always been "meh" towards 'Star Wars', the nation didn't have the original as a cultural touchstone back in 1977, however, 'The Force Awakens' did manage to chalk up $125.3m in that market. That would appear to have been a mark of the audience there "seeing what all this fuss is about" as 'The Last Jedi' only managed $42.5m in China, which was lower than the $69.4m 'Rogue One' pulled in a year prior.

The big winner here could be 'Jumanji: The Next Level'. In 2017, the belated sequel/soft reboot to launch a 'Jumanji' franchise built up a head of steam at the box office as 'The Last Jedi' started to collapse compared to 'The Force Awakens'. This year, now that what little hype for 'The Rise of Skywalker' has started to dissipate, other than the fact 'Frozen II' is dominating a specific market space, 'Jumanji: The Next Level' may see an uptick in sales as the traditional Christmas trips to the cinema kick in next week.

Frozen II Dominates as Disney Smash Yearly Box Office Record

Disney's 'Frozen II' continues its phenomenal run at the top of the box office charts as it pulled in another $34.7m at the domestic box office taking its domestic haul to $337.5m. So far the animated sequel has scored $919.6m worldwide ($582.1m from international markets). The film is already the 8th highest-grossing movie of 2019 globally one place behind Disney's 'Aladdin' which ended its theatrical run on $1.050bn. In 2013, the first film became an international phenomenon, clocking up $1.274bn worldwide and launching one of Disney's biggest brands, and at this rate, the sequel should match or better the box office of its predecessor. Review wise, 'Frozen II' holds a 78% Critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, against the 90% the first film received in 2013, but the audience score is higher, with the sequel sitting on 92% versus the 85% of the first. However, two major factors affect this, the audience score for 'Frozen' (2013) has been open for 6 years and since 2013, RT has added verification to the mix limiting how many audience members can cast a vote. So basically RT is worthless for comparison. IMDb scores are currently, 'Frozen' (2013) 7.5/10 and 'Frozen II' 7.3/10. Also, Disney is about to break another box office record, a record it set, as the studio is about to cross $10bn worldwide, the first studio to achieve this and it still has 'Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker' still to come.

Domestic Box Office 6-8 December:

1. Frozen II $34.7m
2. Knives Out $14.2m
3. Ford v Ferrari $6.5m
4. Queen & Slim $6.5m
5. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood $5.2m

Knives Out, from Lionsgate and director Rian Johnson, continued its solid run, bringing in another $14.2m to take its domestic gross to $63.4m with $60.6m grossed worldwide, the "Who Dunnit?" is sitting on a global tally of $124.08m which is set against a production budget of $40m.

20th Century Fox's release of 'Ford v Ferrari' has now grossed $91.1m domestically and $76.5 internationally for a total of $167.6m at the worldwide box office. While the film cost a reported $97.6m -- excluding marketing -- and would need to finish on around $220m to breakeven, once an estimated marketing spend is factored in, it's still a half-decent box office run in for an award contender in a year dominated by giant IPs. Much like 'Knives Out', there is an audience for dramas and original movies if dropped at the right time, and providing the budgets are kept realistic and the right cast and crew are attached, the films can be a success for the studio.

What 2019 has shown, through the box office takes of 'Charlie's Angels' ($55.9m w/wide vs. $48m budget), 'Terminator: Dark Fate' ($256m w/wide vs. $185m budget) that even getting the budget tight, in the case of 'Charlie's Angels', doesn't guarantee success, but more importantly, add the under-performance of 'Men in Black International' to the mix, along with a few others, and it would suggest studios should take punts on more original projects as the IPs they've hung their hats on are just not pulling in the crowds. Many of these IPs have seen their brand power severely diminished over the years with bad franchise entries, lack of content/interest in general.

Then, when they return to the screen, the offering is a very similar experience to what the current dominators are delivering so they feel redundant. 'Joker' delivered something different compared to its peers and was justly rewarded. Even though it's a DC IP movie, DC on film has been all over the place in terms of success, but by topping $1bn, Todd Phillips' 'Joker' proved there is a hunger out there or something a bit different... even 'Logan' and 'Deadpool' showed that. However, those are still driven by the DC and Marvel brands. So, even if studios still wish to go down the route of throwing out new films based on old screen IPs like 'Predator', 'Terminator', 'Charlie's Angels' etc. movies, they need to do something different with them, set themselves apart, mix it up, twist the genres. They can't just provide pop-corn action -- and re-hashed storylines -- and hope to succeed. 'Joker' succeeded as it was a gritty '70s/'80s drama. 'Logan' was a take on classic Western themes. 'Deadpool' was a much-needed parody of superhero films. But then there's also 'Ad Astra', which failed to make a dent at the box office, only grossing $127.1m and in a crowded marketplace, it seemed there wasn't room for a sci-fi adventure. 2019 has seen record smashed but also epic failures, raises the question, are studios simply pumping out too many films? Looking back at the '70s and '80s, there would be 2-3 major films released a month, with some months only seeing one big-budget film hit the big screen; now, it's 2-3 a week. Thrown into the mix the fact that TV/Streaming shows are crushing it at the moment in terms of production quality and storytelling, and the big screen also-rans this year seem even more redundant and low quality. Ramble over.

Top 5 Films Worldwide in 2019 so far...

1. Avengers: Endgame $2,797,800,564
2. The Lion King $1,656,313,097
3. Spider-Man: Far from Home $1,131,927,996
4. Captain Marvel $1,128,274,794
5. Toy Story 4 $1,073,394,593

Terminator: Dark Fate Bombs at the Box Office & Joker Targets $1bn

'Terminator: Dark Fate' bombs domestically and 'Joker' continues to smash it. Here's a quick box office update from the weekend just gone.

'Terminator: Dark Fate' hit the big screen in North America at the weekend and failed to make an impact, pulling in a dismal $29m against a reported $185m production budget - not including any marketing spend.

The domestic debut of $29m is a tad up from the $27m 'Terminator Genisys' opened to in 2015 - not adjusted for inflation - but far from the result the studios would have been hoping for given the budget and marketing billing the film as the "true" sequel fans had been waiting for.
Internationally 'Dark Fate' has grossed $94.6m bringing its total worldwide cume to $123.6m. As things stand, the film is projected to lose up to $120m.

In other box office news, Warner Bros./DC's 'Joker' has now chalked up an incredible $934m worldwide. Todd Phillip's DC flick is now not only the highest-grossing R-rated film ever by ~$150m, but it is also charging towards becoming the first R-rated movie ever to hit $1bn globally. A global box office haul of $1bn (not including any take from China) set against a $55-8m production budget makes 'Joker' a ridiculous financial win for WB.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Tops the Box Office but Joker Takes #2

Going into its third weekend, 'Joker' faced direct competition from 'Zombieland 2: Double Tap' but managed to top the horror-comedy sequel to take second spot at the domestic box office, losing top spot to this week's other sequel, 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil'.

Domestic Box Office 18-20 October (Estimates):
1. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil $36m
2. Joker (2019) $29.2m
3. Zombieland 2: Double Tap $26.7m
4. The Addams Family (2019) $16m
5. Gemini Man $8.5m

Taking the number 1 spot this weekend just gone was Disney's 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil'. The sequel to the 2014 reimagining of 'Sleeping Beauty' pulled in $36m at the domestic box office, a drastic decline compared to the original's $69.4m debut.

While Disney's run of live-action films based on their classic animated back-catalogue have been generating plenty of box office headlines, it's important to note that there are now a few under performers in that mix and with the dismal performance of last year's 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms' (not one of these live-action remakes but it was released around the same time) not everything the Mouse touches turns to gold.

Some films sore and some fall, like 'Dumbo'. When Tim Burton's 'Dumbo' crashed at the box office the knee-jerk reaction was to write-off the live-action films, especially with the reaction to the first shots of Will Smith's 'Genie', that said, four films inside a year that are basically part of the same "franchise", if you can call it that, was always going to test the resolve of the audience. While 'Aladdin' (2019) and 'The Lion King' (2019) both topped a $billion, with the latter pulling  in $1.65bn globally making it the second best performer of the year only behind 'Avengers: Endgame', it's interesting to note that both of those, and 2017's smash hit 'Beauty & The Beast', are from the period known as the  "Disney Renaissance" so had more going for them in terms of recent nostalgia than remakes of classic animated features... as the novelty wears off, that is. 2016's 'The Jungle Book' came close to hitting the $billion mark and 2017's 'Maleficent' score a worldwide tally of $758.5m, so the older source material was bringing in the crowds, but just perhaps there were too many of them in one year and audiences decided to go for the stories that were closer to their childhoods as many, many parents taking their kids to 'Aladdin' and 'The Lion King' are from the generation who were caught up in the hype the first time those films hit the big screen. The challenge comes in the long-run now as other than 'The Little Mermaid', Disney have already burned through most of their strongest titles and based on the rate of release, that was the plan, make sure the heavy hitters all hit theatres within 3 years to ensure those titles rake in the mega-bucks before a genuine fatigue sets in.

Todd Phillip's 'Joker' has now pulled in $247,2m domestically and $490.3m from international markets for a global haul of $737.5m... which is huge for Warner Bros. as the reported production budget if $55m.

'Joker' is now the 9th biggest movie of 2019, set to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever (only has 'Deadpool' ($783.1m) to beat, 'Deadpool 2' did gross more than the first film but its $785m includes $47m from the PG-13 'Once Upon a Deadpool' release) and has cruised past the $657.9m worldwide gross of 2017's 'Justice League'.

I guess the surprise of the weekend was Sony's 'Zombieland: Double Tap' failing to take second as 'Joker' entered its third weekend. While the first film only debuted to $24.7m (unadjusted) back in 2009, it did go on to become a huge hit on home video. Even though the film's domestic opening weekend haul was near the top of industry estimates, I can't but help feel that had this film arrived far sooner than 2019, it would have been eyeing a $55-75m debut.

The original movie went to gross $102.3m worldwide against a $23.6m production budget, this time around, the budget is $42m, which is very modest for a 2019 film but the chances of it getting to much more than $102.3m is slim unless the bottom completely falls out from underneath 'Joker' and 'Terminator: Dark Fate' flops hard. 

Joker Holds at #1 with $55m Second Weekend

Todd Phillips' 'Joker' held onto the top spot this weekend as the newcomers failed to come even close to dethroning the 'Clown Prince of Crime'.

Last weekend, surrounded by much hype and hysteria, 'Joker' debuted to a record-breaking $96.2m domestic gross, beating the previous October record of $80.2m held by 2018's 'Venom'. Going into its second weekend, the film had plenty of buzz, mostly around Joaquin Phoenix's performance, and it was always going to be very unlikely that it would be pipped to top spot by any of the newcomers.

Warner Bros/DC's 'Joker' easily held onto #1 with a second weekend domestic haul of $55m, representing a -43% drop-off. With a current tally of $192.7m domestically and $351.2m from international markets, the film has chalked up a worldwide gross of $543.9m, set against a reported production budget of $55m.

As for the domestic drop-off of -43%, this was a stronger hold than 'Venom', which fell -56.4% over its second weekend and better than -51.0% 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' dropped in its second weekend. The domestic drop-off for 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' is comparable as the MCU film debuted to $92.5m, sometimes these drops are not so comparable if a film massively front-loads its debut weekend.

Of the newcomers, United Artists Releasing's animated offering, 'The Addams Family', took second spot, opening domestically to $30.2m. By comparison, the return of everybody's favourite 'kooky and spooky' family opened below the $55m of 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' and the $46.6m of 'The Secret Life of Pets 2', both sequels.
With Halloween coming up, this is a good family market film to get a bounce out of the spooky holiday.

Paramount's 'Gemini Man', starring Will Smith and directed by Ang Lee, finished the weekend in third place, pulling in approx. $20.5m.
The sci-fi actioner's debut is one of the worst opening weekends for a movie this year that carries a blockbuster price-tag. With a reported budget of $138m, 'Gemini Man' would need to gross approx. $230-250m globally to breakeven and that's not taking into account any of the film's marketing spend. The debut gross of 'Gemini Man' is lower than the $27.5m scored by 'After Earth' in 2013 - not adjusted.
Any hope of a sleeper-hit could be extinguished by both the reception to the film and the upcoming release slate. Critically, 'Gemini Man' holds a 25% Rotten Tomatoes rating but does command an 84% from audiences, however, it also only holds a 5.6/10 on IMDb and 33% on Metacritic. Competition wise, 'Zombieland 2: Double Tap' rolls into theatres this week and 'Terminator: Dark Fate' is also just around the corner leaving 'Gemini Man' pretty much already out of runway with many of its target viewers.

IT Chapter Two Floats With $185m Worldwide Debut

'IT Chapter Two' topped the charts over the weekend scaring up $91m from the domestic box office and $94m internationally for a global debut of $185m.

Domestic Box Office (est.) 6 to 8 September:
1. IT Chapter Two $91m (N/R)
2. Angel Has Fallen $6m
3. Good Boys $5.39m
4. The Lion King (2019) $4.19m
5. Overcomer $3.75m
(N/R) = New Release


IT Chapter Two:

'IT Chapter Two' scored a solid debut, domestically and internationally. The horror sequel failed to break the September opening weekend record and the horror debut record, but those were set by chapter one in 2017.

The domestic debut of 'IT Chapter Two', at $91m, was just shy of the $91.5m debut of 'Aladdin' (2019), so massive for a horror film. However, it couldn't quite match the $123.4m opening of 'IT' (2017) which remains the only horror film to score over $100m domestically in its opening weekend.

Overall, the 2017 film grossed $700.3m globally against a $35m production budget, and, while the second film's budget will be larger due to the cast attached, if this one has the same legs, it should come in at around $550-580m... depending on how word of mouth affects it as it's getting rave reviews from some and average feedback from others. Either way,
Warner Bros. and New Line will be wishing there was a Chapter Three.


Angel Has Fallen:

'Angel has Fallen' continued its run over the weekend, pulling in another $6m from the North American box office. The threequel has now grossed $53.4m domestically against a reported $40m production budget and doesn't have too far to go to match the $62.5m generated by 'London Has Fallen' in 2016.

The success of 'Angel Has Fallen' will be based on how the international markets respond as 'London...' pulled in $143.2m of its worldwide haul of $205.75m overseas.


The Lion King (2019):

Disney's 'The Lion King' (2019) powered on over the weekend, adding $4.2m taking its domestic tally to $529.1m. The latest in Disney's run of live-action reimaginings has now grossed $1.59bn globally, making it the 7th most successful movie of all-time not adjusted for inflation.


Top 5 Movies Worldwide 2019 so far...

1. Avengers: Endgame $2,796,267,086
2. The Lion King $1,599,006,439
3. Captain Marvel $1,128,274,794
4. Spider-Man: Far from Home $1,126,343,923
5. Toy Story 4 $1,053,304,269

Good Boys Tops Domestic Box Office with $21m Debut

Universal secure the top spot for another week as 'Good Boys' debuts to $21m and 'Hobbs & Shaw' takes second for the studio.

Domestic Box Office (est.) 16 to 18 August:
1. Good Boys $21m (N/R)
2. Hobbs & Shaw $14.14m
3. The Lion King $11.9m
4. The Angry Birds Movie 2 $10.5m (N/R)
5. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark $10.05m
(N/R) = New Release


Good Boys:

Universal's R-rated comedy 'Good Boys' took the top spot over the weekend at the domestic box office, pulling in $21m.
the new release mostly had to compete with holdovers from previous weeks, with the only other major new release coming in the form of 'The Angry Birds Movie 2' -- which had stiff competition from the resilient Disney feature 'The Lion King' and 'Toy Story 4' etc. -- and '47 Meters Down: Uncaged'. In 2007, 'Superbad', also an Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen project, scored a $33m domestic debut (not adjusted for inflation) before going on to secure $169.8m worldwide against a $23m production budget. However, that was just as the R-rated comedy boom was getting into full swing. In recent years, the genre has seen its share of hits but struggled to hit the lofty heights of '05 to '14 as it started to feel saturated. 2018's 'Blockers' ($94m) and 'Tag' ($78.1) both failed to crack $100m worldwide with 'Game Night' managing to hit $117.6m. Yet, with such small production budgets, studios are still easily able to give these films a punt and see if any can reinvigorate the genre.

'Good Boys' opened in limited international markets (13) and brought in $2.1m for a worldwide debut of $23.1m.


Hobbs & Shaw:

Going into its third weekend, Universal's 'Hobbs & Shaw' had already begun to fade at the box office. The second-weekend drop off of -57.9% was pretty average, however, the debut haul of $60m was relatively low compared to the previous instalments -- 'The Fate of the Furious' (2017) $98.75m and 'Furious 7' (2015) $147.18m -- and could be linked to the nature of spin-off branding putting the main title audiences recognise second to 'Hobbs & Shaw'. Over the weekend the film dipped -44.0% with a domestic take of $14.14m, which, still put in second place, but this less than fast and furious launch has meant the film is only just approaching the breakeven mark (depending on how much was spent on marketing). With a $200m production budget, the current worldwide tally of $437m means it has covered its production budget once the splits are returned to the studio but if the global marketing campaign has cost upwards of $100m, this leaves it needing another week to get into the black. That said, it does have an ace up its sleeve as the breakeven will be crossed this week with China opening at this weekend and that market is likely to add ~$250-350m to the film's bottom line.

To-date 'Hobbs & Shaw': domestic $133.74m and international $303.3m for a total of $437.04m.


The Lion King:

Disney's 'The Lion King' continues to pull in audiences. Although it suffered a -60% dip over its second weekend, the subsequent drops have been much kinder and the movie has now amassed $1.435bn globally (Dom. $496.1m and $939.1m Int.) making it the second-highest-grossing movie of 2019 so far.


The Angry Birds Movie 2:

Sony's 'The Angry Birds Movie 2' debuted domestically to $10.5m for the three-day but has been chugging along since Tuesday and for a couple of weeks in a handful of international markets. In 2016, 'The Angry Birds Movie' opened to $38.1m, so it's a big drop, however, the film's budget is lower than the first film's... not by much but $65m vs. 2016's $73m is still a little saving and it has received solid reviews. Currently, on Rotten Tomatoes, the sequel holds a 76% from critics and 86% from audiences. Unfortunately, the competition for the "families with kids" spend is fierce this year, not only does the film need to go head-to-head with Disney's slate, there are also quite a few smaller films geared to this audience. It's unlikely the sequel will come close to matching the $352.3m global tally of the first flick.


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark:

Lionsgate's 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' pulled in another $10.05m domestically over the weekend taking the $25m production's haul to $40.21m (Dom.). So far the movie is yet to open in many markets and has generated $14.1m from the limited markets it has opened in.


Toy Story 4:

Finally, although finishing the domestic weekend in 14th, last week was enough to push the fourth 'Toy Story' movie past $1bn. With a global haul of $1.016bn (Dom. $424.4m and $592.2m Int.), Pixar delivered Disney its fifth $bn+ movie of 2019 (sixth if you count 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' which is Sony's biggest release ever but also a movie that couldn't have brought in $1.102bn without being part of the MCU, so Disney had a hand in it in some way).


Top 5 Movies Worldwide 2019 so far...

1. Avengers: Endgame $2,795,695,939
2. The Lion King $1,435,207,985
3. Captain Marvel $1,128,274,794
4. Spider-Man: Far from Home $1,102,833,167
5. Aladdin (2019) $1,035,745,430

Hobbs & Shaw #1: Scoring $180m Global Debut

Universal's 'Fast & Furious' spin-off, 'Hobbs & Shaw', took the #1 spot over the weekend and Disney's 'The Lion King' (2019) roared past $1bn worldwide.

Domestic Box Office (est.) 2 to 4 August:
1. Hobbs & Shaw $60.8m (N/R)
2. The Lion King $38.24m
3. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $20.02m
4. Spider-Man: Far from Home $7.75m
5. Toy Story 4 $7.15m
(N/R) = New Release


Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw:

As the only new major studio release over the weekend, Universal's 'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw' had little trouble claiming another top spot debut for the franchise pulling in $60.8m domestically and $120m from international markets for a global debut of $180.8m (Est.). 


The film's debut haul for significantly weaker than the $98.7m scored by 2017's 'The Fate of the Furious' but in line with the studio's expectations considering it is a spin-off and testing the waters. The debut of 'Hobbs & Shaw' is more in line with that of Paramount's 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' (2018) which opened to $61.2m before going on to pull in $791.1m globally.

While it's a pretty sure thing that 'Hobbs & Shaw' will be a "hit" for the studio in gross terms, the $200m production price tag lumbers it with a hefty ~$600m breakeven; depending on the marketing spend. The film will need legs but there's little in the way of new competition on the horizon this month and it is yet to open in many large international markets, including China (23 August). China added a whopping $392.8m to the global gross of 'The Fate of the Furious' in 2017, so all eyes on that market.


The Lion King (2019):

Disney's photorealistic reimagining of 'The Lion King' roared to $1,195,789,078 over the weekend, making it the fourth Disney movie to pass the $1bn mark this year (the fifth is you count 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' which is a Sony film, however, owes its success to being part of the Marvel Studios' MCU).

The weekend saw Disney's latest reimagining of a classic animated feature drop-off -50.1% for a $38.24m domestic haul taking its North American tally to $430.8m with receipts from international markets now totalling $764.9m. The movie will open in Japan at the weekend and Italy on the 21st.


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood:

Quentin Tarantino's 9th film dropped-off -51% to add $20.02m to its domestic tally. 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' has grossed $78.8m domestically and is set to open in major international markets over the coming weeks.


Spider-Man: Far From Home:

Sony's MCU entry 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' added $7.75m over the weekend and its global haul now stands at $1,075,328,925.


Toy Story 4:

Disney/Pixar's 'Toy Story 4' couldn't quite get over the $1bn mark at the weekend. Sitting on a worldwide gross of $959,250,743 ($410m domestic and $549.2m int.) the fourth film in the franchise will need one final push to get over the line and give Disney another $bn+ movie for 2019. It also still has some way to go to top the $1,066,969,703 generated by 'Toy Story 3' in 2010 (unadjusted).


Top 5 Movies Worldwide 2019 so far...

1. Avengers: Endgame $2,794,509,335
2. The Lion King $1,195,789,078
3. Captain Marvel $1,128,274,794
4. Spider-Man: Far from Home $1,075,328,925
5. Aladdin (2019) $1,025,569,592

The Lion King (2019) repeats at #1 & Disney breaks the global box office record (a record it set)

The Lion King (2019) repeated at #1 over the weekend as it roars towards $1bn and helps Disney break the 2016 global box office revenue record for a single studio set by itself.

Within days, The Lion King (2019) will become the fourth Disney movie of 2019 to break the $1bn barrier after Aladdin (2019) crossed the line late last week. Spider-Man: Far from Home also swung past the $1bn mark prior to the weekend and, even though it's a Sony Pictures release, it is part of the MCU so riding the Marvel Studios wave, meaning Disney (directly or through one of its subsidiaries) has a hand in all 6 of the highest-grossing movies of 2019. The three MCU films released in 2019 have now grossed $4,958,177,813 and take up the top 3 spots on the Worldwide charts. Plus, Toy Story 4's school holidays bounce will push that film to hit $1bn.

Top 6 Movies Worldwide 2019 so far... 
1. Avengers: Endgame $2,793,047,749*
2. Captain Marvel $1,128,274,794
3. Spider-Man: Far from Home $1,036,855,270*
4. Aladdin (2019) $1,009,728,586*
5. The Lion King $962,675,534*
6. Toy Story 4 $917,928,506* 
*still in theatres

Disney is dominating the box office again (accounting for 45% of the global box office take) and Disney releases have grossed a record-breaking $7.67bn in 2019; beating its previous record of $7.61bn set in 2016. This record revenue is set to go off the charts as Disney's slate still boasts 'Frozen 2' and 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' which hit theatres later this year. The studio in second place so far is Warner Bros. with ~$2bn.

Domestic Box Office (est.) 26 to 28 July:
1. The Lion King $75.52m
2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $40.35m (N/R)
3. Spider-Man: Far from Home $12.2m
4. Toy Story 4 $9.87m
5. Crawl $4m

(N/R) = New Release


The Lion King:

Disney's The Lion King (2019) dropped off -60.6% over the weekend, pulling in $75.52m at the domestic box office. The drop-off is greater than the -53.2% experienced by Aladdin (2019), yet it made no difference due to the scale of its domestic debut ($191.7m) and solid weekday trade.
With a total domestic haul of $350.7m and $611.9m from international markets, The Lion King (2019) is already sitting on $962.6m globally after only a couple of weeks, with it still to open in Japan and Italy.


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood:

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood debuted in second place domestically to $40.3m. This result topped the $30.1m opening of Django Unchained (2012) and the $38.05m debut of Inglourious Basterds (2009).


Spider-Man: Far from Home:

Late last week, Spider-Man: Far from Home became the first film in the Spidey franchise to cross the $1bn mark, unadjusted for inflation.

Spider-Man Film Worldwide Box Office (unadjusted):
1. Spider-Man: Far from Home $1.037bn
2. Spider-Man 3 $890.9m 
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming $880.2m
4. Spider-Man $821.7m
5. Spider-Man 2 $783.8m
6. The Amazing Spider-Man $757.9m
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $709.0m
8. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse $375.5m


Toy Story 4:

Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 dipped just -36.5% as it continues to hold well. With a domestic cume of $395.6m
and $522.3m internationally, the worldwide total of $917.9m currently makes it the 4th highest-grossing Pixar movie globally not adjusted for inflation. With the school holidays, expect Toy Story 4 to cross $1bn by next Monday.


Crawl:

Finally, Paramount's Crawl, the summer's sleeper hit, keeps chugging along with a -34.4% drop-off in its third weekend. While the film's gross is far from the figures of the previous films, it's consistently brining in audiences looking for some summer counter-programming. Produced on a $13.5m budget, the original gator thriller has pulled in $45.8m worldwide ($31.4m dom. and $14.4m int.) with dozens of markets, including the UK, still to open.

The Lion King Roars into Cinemas with a $185m Domestic Debut

Disney's The Lion King (2019), directed by Jon Favreau, hit theatres over the weekend with a roar!

Once again, Disney reign. Another mega weekend at the box office was driven by movies from Disney and its subsidiaries/partners.
Disney's 'The Lion King' roared into theatres claiming top spot both domestically and internationally. 'Avengers: Endgame' surpassed 2009's 'Avatar' to become the highest-grossing motion picture of all-time worldwide (not adjusted for inflation). Sony Pictures' 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' (working with Marvel Studios) is less than $30m away from breaking $1bn and 'Toy Story 4' should pass $900m worldwide and make a play for $1bn if it stays around a couple more weeks.

Domestic Box Office (est.) 19 to 21 July:
1. The Lion King $185m (N/R)
2. Spider-Man: Far from Home $21m
3. Toy Story 4 $14.6m
4. Crawl $6m
5. Yesterday $5.1m
(N/R) = New Release


The Lion King (2019):

Disney's 'The Lion King' (2019), directed by Jon Favreau, hit theatres over the weekend with a roar, scoring a $185m domestic debut and $269m from international markets giving the reimagining a worldwide "debut" of $454m. The film had already debuted in China the weekend prior, delivering $54.7m.

The $185m debut set a new July domestic opening weekend record, topping the $169.1m generated of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' in 2011.


Spider-Man: Far From Home:

Taking the second spot over the weekend was Sony Pictures' MCU entry, 'Spider-Man: Far from Home'. After adding an additional $21m domestically, the final film of Phase 3 has now amassed $970.7m globally - $319.6m domestic and $651.1m internationally. Unadjusted for inflation, 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' is now the highest-grossing solo 'Spidey' film-to-date, surpassing 2007's 'Spider-Man 3' which generated $890.9m internationally. Domestically, adjusted for inflation, 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' sits in fifth spot on the 'Spider-Man' solo charts.

'Spider-Man' Movies Domestic Chart Adjusted for Inflation:
1. Spider-Man $626m
2. Spider-Man 2 $542m 
3. Spider-Man 3 $440.7m
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming $337.1m
5. Spider-Man: Far from Home $319.6m 
6. The Amazing Spider-Man $303.4m
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $219.5m
8. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse $190m


Toy Story 4:

Disney/Pixar's 'Toy Story 4' dropped-off -30.3% pulling in $14.6m domestically taking it to $375.5m at the North American box office and, with $483.9m internationally, the fourth adventure in the franchise has grossed $859.4m worldwide.

Unadjusted for inflation, the film is the second most successful movie in the series globally, behind 2010's 'Toy Story 3' on $1.067bn.

'Toy Story' Movies Domestic Chart Adjusted for Inflation:
1. Toy Story 3 $480.6m
2. Toy Story 2 $431m 
3. Toy Story $395.2m 
4. Toy Story 4 $375.5m


Crawl:

Paramount's 'gator flick 'Crawl' brought in $6m over a crowded weekend offering some counter-programming to the four-quadrant fare, taking its domestic tally to $23.8m with limited international markets totalling $9.9m for a worldwide gross of $33.7m, against a $13.5m production budget, with more markets set to open over the coming weeks including the UK (opens 23 August).


Yesterday:

Still holding in the top 5 is Danny Boyle's jukebox comedy 'Yesterday', once again offering some counter-programming. Set against a $26m production budget, the movie's cume is $98.19m worldwide ($57.5m dom. and $40.6m int.).


Avengers: Endgame:

'Avengers: Endgame' has now surpassed James Cameron's 'Avatar' (2009) at the global box office - not adjusted for inflation.

'Avatar' grossed a record-setting $2,789,700,000 worldwide, including re-releases, and it looked as if Marvel Studios' epic conclusion to the 'Infinity Saga' could fall agonisingly short of toppling it after the special edition re-release prior to the debut of 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' failed to generate mega numbers. However, even though it may have taken a bit longer, 'Avengers: Endgame' is now atop the all-time worldwide box office chart... it was inevitable.
Going into the weekend, 'Endgame' was sitting on a global haul of $2,789.2bn, just half a million short of first place, but it managed to generate enough over the weekend to hit $2,790,216,193, clawing its way past 2009's sci-fi mega-hit.

There is a curious case of the inflation regarding 'Avatar', which is calculated as standard, however, 'Avatar' may indeed be a major film that requires a deflation calculation. Tickets to 'Avatar' were rather expensive for the time and based on current average prices, with many cinemas lowering their prices, in the UK at least, a ticket to 'Avatar' in 2009 would have cost around £13-16, whereas a 2019 ticket to 'Endgame' can set you back between £4.99 and £8.99+. It requires far much research to lockdown but it's interesting.


Top 5 Movies Worldwide 2019 so far...
1. Avengers: Endgame $2,790,216,193
2. Captain Marvel $1,128,274,794
3. Aladdin (2019) $988,840,714
4. Spider-Man: Far from Home $970,759,412
5. Toy Story 4 $859,433,349