Boxoffice Breakouts: 10 Movies That Could Make a Big Impact in 2019


Captain Marvel

Friday, March 8

Disney

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson

Marvel Comics’ first female lead aims to emulate rival DC Comics’ Wonder Woman, a smash at $412.5M. Captain is already Fandago’s third-highest pre-seller ever among Marvel films, behind only Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther—which become the company’s two biggest titles. This title is poised to be one of Q1’s biggest box office earners. 


Avengers: Endgame

Friday, April 26

Disney

Directors: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner

Avengers: Infinity War was last year’s second-highest-grossing film domestically with $678.8M, behind only Black Panther. After Infinity ended on a cliffhanger, December’s teaser trailer for sequel Endgame set a new record for most online views for a trailer within its first 24 hours. As of this writing, it’s already one of YouTube’s 10 most viewed American movie trailers of all time.


Aladdin

Friday, May 24

Disney

Director: Guy Ritchie

Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud

The original animated Aladdin was 1992’s top film with $217.3M—a total that would impress even today but stuns at $463.0M adjusted for ticket-price inflation. This live-action remake aims to follow Disney’s other successful live-action remakes this decade including Beauty and the Beast with $504.0M, The Jungle Book with $364.0M, and Alice in Wonderland with $334.1M.

Toy Story 4

Friday, June 21

Disney

Director: Josh Cooley

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

The Toy Story franchise is arguably Pixar’s most iconic, making this installment particularly compelling. Toy Story 3 was the highest-grossing film of 2010 domestically, earning $415.0M. Pixar has been on a box office tear with (most of) its recent sequels, including Incredibles 2 with $608.5M and Finding Dory with $486.2M.


Spider-Man: Far from Home

Friday, July 5

Sony / Columbia

Director: Jon Watts

Cast: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya

Spider-Man: Homecoming was the sixth-biggest movie of 2017, earning $334.2M. Audiences responded positively to the character’s introduction to the Marvel universe and the younger take on the character. The sequel adds new characters including Mysterio, a favorite of comic fans who hasn’t appeared on-screen to date. 

The Lion King

Friday, July 19

Disney

Director: Jon Favreau

Cast: Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles, James Earl Jones

1994’s original Lion King was the year’s second-biggest movie, earning $312.8M or a massive $682.0M adjusted for ticket-price inflation. The film’s reputation has only increased since, cementing itself as a contemporary classic for Generation Z and millennials. The trailer for the CGI-animated version earned the third-most online views ever for a trailer in its first 24 hours. 

It: Chapter 2

Friday, September 6

Warner Bros. 

Director: Andres Muschietti

Cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Skarsgård

2017’s It shattered several records, including biggest R-rated horror movie and biggest September opening by almost doubling the previous record set by Rush Hour. Overall, It was the seventh-biggest movie of 2017, earning $327.4M. The sequel takes place in the present day, several decades after the original 1980s setting, with the original characters now grown and still haunted by a demonic clown. 

Frozen 2

Friday, November 22

Disney

Directors: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

Cast: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad

Frozen was the third-highest grosser of 2013, earning $400.7M. Its enchanted box office run owes its success to longevity: it spent a stunning 16 weekends in the top 10, the most of any film from the past decade. The sequel emerges from this list as one of the most anticipated animated movies of the year.  

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sequel

Friday, December 13

Sony / Columbia

Director: Jake Kasdan

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was one of the most surprising box office breakouts of the entire decade, the fourth-biggest movie of 2017, earning $404.5M. The entire cast and director are back for the part-comedy, part-fantasy, part-action sequel. This follow-up might be saying “welcome” to the top tier of the box office. 

Star Wars: Episode IX

Friday, December 20

Disney

Director: J.J. Abrams

Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega

2015’s The Force Awakens was the highest-grossing film of its year, as was 2017’s The Last Jedi. The series aims to three-peat what claims to be its final installment. Writer and director J.J. Abrams returns as he did on the universally beloved Awakens, after Rian Johnson wrote and directed Jedi to a much more mixed reception. 

Jesse Rifkin

16 Comments

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    spammyspam January 29, 2019

    Mixed reception my ass

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    Hunter Friesen January 29, 2019

    I wouldn’t consider any of these “breakouts”. Each one is expected to make a lot of money.

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      UTC January 30, 2019

      Does anyone else think Lion King has a legit chance to outgross Avengers and Star Wars?

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    Erivelton Freitas January 29, 2019

    Nossa, isso foi ridículo, até parece que Shazam, Detetive Pikachu e Godzilla 2 não terão bilheterias estrondosas. A Disney pagou vocês para criar algo tão sem nexo? Aladdin simplesmente será esmagado pela bilheteria de Detetive Pikachu uma semana antes e pela de Godzilla 2 uma semana depois. A China dará para Detetive Pikachu e Godzilla 2 números impressionantes, podendo fazer Godzilla 2 passar $1 Bilhão. Deixem de puxar o saco da Disney!

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      TTVOMJ January 30, 2019

      Stfu puxar

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    Petra January 29, 2019

    Captain Marvel is the one I’m most looking forward to but Star Wars is a close second.

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      Al Patrickson January 29, 2019

      Captain Marvel is the one movie of 2019 that I am looking forward to most, too.

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    TTVOMJ January 29, 2019

    Most anticipated and their BO projections:
    1 – Avengers:Endgame (no explanation required) 650m-750m domestic , 2.2b worldwide
    2 – Godzilla 2 (please be good, please be good) 175m- 230m domestic, 740m worldwide
    3 – Star Wars IX ( c’mon, end of the year, that opening crawl…what else needs to be said?) 480m-600m domestic, 1.1b ww
    4 – Lion King (Would be higher if i thought original wasnt flawless and this one had place for an upgrade)620m-700m d, 1.8bww
    5 – Aladdin (an opportunity for a PERFECT LIVE ACTION DISNEY 5 quad movie, as will Mulan hopefully be)200m-300m d, 1.2bww
    6 – Captain Marvel ( would be higher any other year) 340m-400m d, 1b ww
    7 – Ad Astra (always looking forward to a high profile mystery SF, having big star like Brad Pitt attached to it is only gravy) ???
    8 – Frozen II ( Let it go came out like 2 months prior to original’s release, and 6 years later i still fear it might somehow crawl back into my head) 350m-400m d, 1.2b ww
    9 – Spider – Man 2 (Marvel doesnt do wrong and first one was fun) 270m-320m d, 950m ww
    10 – How to train your dragon 3 (love the original, sequel was ok..mr. spielberg said he cried reading the script) 150m d, 530ww

    * Masters of the Universe = questionable release, but if it gets released it jumps to second place immediately behind avengers, and thats without a trailer…

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    dave January 29, 2019

    Aladdin is definitely gonna bomb because

    1. Disney has not had success with the memorial day slot in recent (see solo, Tomorrowland etc).
    2.There has been some casting controversy
    3. Audiences might be getting tired of seeing the studios animated classics getting live action updates (some have even been announced for the Disney+ coming out at the end of the year

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    Dieter January 30, 2019

    I have a feeling that Dumbo will far out-gross Aladdin. It has the Tim Burton factor, plus those trailers have been truly magical, while Aladdin’s … not so much. Also, in the current climate, I can see Aladdin doing a lot less business in heartland America.

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    jon January 30, 2019

    so…basically Disney movies

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      Rob January 30, 2019

      HA HA HA HA HA! Made me laugh out loud.

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    Sammydict January 30, 2019

    Guessing BOP understands the term break out differently. All the listed movies are expected to make lots of money. Breakout has to be sudden and least or unexpected. Also, is it that all movies in the list are from Disney? Lmao!

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    BDTrooper January 31, 2019

    So, no Godzilla 2, Dark Phoenix, Men in Black 4 or Fast & Furious whatever? I think or would like to think that all have a chance of passing some on this list.

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    Marina January 31, 2019

    Joker and Shazam

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    Will February 03, 2019

    I agree with this list but I also think Shazam will be a big hit as well. He’s an awesome DC character and the movie looks pretty good based on the trailers.

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