If you thought the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest was top heavy wait until you see Disney and their family companies mid-year totals at the box office. Disney is Joey Chestnut and everyone else is clawing at each other to finish second.
Disney has clobbered box office totals with over $5.7 billion and it’s only the beginning of July. Universal and Warner Bros are sitting in second and third with just over $1.5 billion each. Combined, the two total less than what Disney has made thus far in 2019.
Avengers: Endgame clearly has a lot to do with these blockbuster numbers. Disney re-released the film to try to top Avatar’s record from 2009. Although the film is unlikely to top Avatar, it is still in theaters and has grossed just over $2.76 billion alone.
Four of the top five films of 2019 are all held by The Walt Disney Company. Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel with $1.128 billion, Aladdin with $950 million and the fourth installment of Toy Story is sitting in fifth place but is on track to hit between $900 million and the $1 billion mark.
Disney is looking at possibly releasing eight films in 2019 that break the $1 billion mark. Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, and the yet to be released Lion King live action remake, Frozen 2, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. For the latter of the films, a $1 billion gross would likely be a disappointment for the franchise so expectations are high for the final film in the Skywalker saga.
Although Disney purchased the rights to the Marvel franchise in 2015, as part of the deal, Sony kept the rights to the Spiderman films and Spiderman: Far From Home will go towards Sony’s box office totals.
In 2018, Disney took home over a quarter of the gross totals for box office revenue. In 2019, Disney is set to dominate the box office, surpassing the company’s nearest competition, two and three fold through the end of the year.
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