Most Anticipated Films and Box Office Trends To Watch For in 2019
Looking at the 2019 movie lineup there are a number of tent-pole films that the studios are banking on. Part of the fun is speculating on which films are going to hit it big at the box office. Sure, several movies are pretty much guaranteed money makers based on the brand name and franchise power. Cue the ubiquitous tie-in merchandising. Other franchises are loosing steam. It will be interesting to find out which major studio film will be this year’s Solo. Hopefully, some smaller indie films will break out of the crowd and find an audience too.
Let it Go
Many people have already pointed out, Walt Disney Movie Studios are happily counting dollar bills ever after. Several Disney movies this year are slated to break the billionaire dollar mark. Even if some of the live action remakes like Aladdin and The Lion King fail to recapture the magic of the original, it will be a surprise if they perform poorly at the box office. The sequel to Frozen returns late November along with the main cast. Expect to see trailers sooner than later. Not too much is known about Toy Story 4 other than hints that the ending is going to be a tearjerker in the best way possible.
I Want To Be Your …
So it all comes down to this … the endgame. Avengers: Endgame will likely see a few heroes hang up their cape or iron suit. That doesn’t mean that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has any plans on slowing down. Captain Marvel is slated for lift off this March and don’t let the illusions fool you, Mysterio makes his appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Despite Marvel’s brand, neither of these two films are likely to break $1 bn. Even when adjusted for inflation, no Spider-Man movie so far has achieved that milestone. In comparison, Avengers: Endgame is projected to rake in $2 bn.
Elsewhere on the superhero front, Shazam hopes to make a name for itself and live up to comparisons to Tom Hanks 80s’ comedy Big. A light-hearted adventure and an early April release date might just be the ticket for Shazam, especially if the darker, bloodier Hellboy reboot doesn’t compete well against it.
2nd place in box office supremacy will likely come down to Star Wars: Episode IX, although Frozen 2 and The Lion King will be strong contenders. Following all the story lines in and around Episode IX is fascinating. Is Solo’s failure at the box office a trend for Star Wars movies or was that prequel an anomaly? Is an emotional satisfying wrap up to the Skywalker saga a possibility at this point? Can unused, previously shot footage of Carrie Fisher be successfully woven into Episode IX? So many questions that should be answered later this year.
Evil is Trending
“It’s not you, it’s … Us”. On the strength of Jordan Peele’s previous film Get Out, a murderous doppelganger premise and a promising cast, Us is shaping up to be one of this year’s most anticipated films in any genre. The scares continue in It: Chapter 2. It will be interesting to see how well the grown up cast matches up to their childhood counterparts whom will be a factor in the story according to reports. If you liked Chronicle, you might be intrigued with BrightBurn’s premise that can be summed up as Clark Kent becoming evil.
We are the Bob-ombs
Terminator 6 starring Linda Hamilton may turn out to be a watchable movie. The problem is there is hardly any positive buzz despite promises to give fans what they’ve been wanting since T2. X-Men fans would love nothing more than for the Dark Phoenix story to be done right. Unfortunately, two months of re-shoots, pushed back release dates and poor online reactions to the trailers are not good signs. It can get uncomfortable and cringy when a stand-up comedian bombs on stage – let’s hope The Joker doesn’t become that meme.
For a fun and free-flowing chat on 2019’s most anticipated movies, be sure to check out Film Focus podcast hosted by Hypersonic55. Thanks again to Hypersonic55 for the guest invitation. We talk about many more upcoming movies not mentioned above.
What movies and trends are you most looking forward to this year?
Posted on January 15, 2019, in Movies, Preview and tagged Avengers, Captain Marvel, Dark Phoenix, Hellboy, Shazam, Star Wars, The Joker, The Lion King, Toy Story 4. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.