The Highest-Grossing Movies of 2019 (So Far)

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The Highest-Grossing Movies of 2019 (So Far)

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2019 has been a great year for cinema so far. From the action-packed superhero films like "Avengers: Endgame" to the unexpected depiction of Sweden in "Midsommar," the year has been filled with blockbuster movies, and more to come as the rest of the months roll by.

Most of the highest-grossing films for the year so far are from existing properties, be it sequels, franchise extensions, or live adaptations. Here are seven movies that topped the box office so far in 2019 based on Box Office Mojo, which tracks box office revenue and provides the "most comprehensive box office database on the internet."

 

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7. Us (March)

The mystery-thriller film was a must-see for anyone who loves horror. It racked up an international revenue of $225 million during its run in cinemas. "Us" is filled with witty one-liners balanced out by "mind-boggling horror" that shows the "absurdity of a future in which we’ve so alienated ourselves from ourselves that we’re bound to cut that tether that keeps us together, sooner or later, and completely unravel," said Dom Sinacola, a film critic, in Paste Magazine.

 

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6. Aladdin (May)

The live-action adaptation of a Disney classic earned $1.05 billion in theaters across the globe. While the story remained true to the original cartoon release, there was still a visible effort to provide a new kind of entertainment for both longtime Disney fans and newcomers. Movie critic Oktay Ege Kozak praised the adaptation saying, "It is the rare remake that actually gives us a whole new world." Just like the original version, music breathed life into the story and production design added authenticity to the world borrowed from different Middle-Eastern cultures.

 

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5. Toy Story 4 (June)

The fourth installment of the Disney modern classic proved that it still appealed to moviegoers to the tune of $1.05 billion in revenue. One movie critic called "Toy Story" as the "most beloved animated franchise of the last 50 years."

It may not seem necessary to add another movie to the franchise after "Toy Story 3" showed a perfect ending to Woody and Buzz's adventures, but the fourth film "is such an immense joy" that people were grateful it was released.

 

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4. Spider-Man: Far From Home (July)

The second stand-alone "Spider-Man" film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) gained almost 10-fold of its budget, grossing $1.13 billion at the worldwide box office. "Far From Home" came on the heels of the success of Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame" and was the last entry in the MCU's initial Feige Phase. Critic Michael Burgin hailed the film for showing a "classic Spider-Man adventure," with lead actor Tom Holland also proving that he is perfect for the role of the friendly neighborhood superhero.

 

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3. Captain Marvel (March)

Although faced with much criticism mainly from fans, "Captain Marvel" still blew the competition out of the water with a global box-office take of $1.13 billion. As an entirely new addition to the MCU, "Captain Marvel" was able to give the audience a lead that they can "care about" as well as "an actor who rises to the occasion," said writer Will Leitch in a review for the sports blog Deadspin. 

"The movie has us on her side before she ever says a word," Leitch said, adding that lead actress Brie Larson was the key to this.

 

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2. The Lion King (July)

Disney seems to be keen on making live-action versions of its animated catalog, and “The Lion King” appeared to be one of the more realistic renderings to the point that the characters seemed emotionless, mainly because they are animals and real-life animals don't show emotions on their faces very well unlike animated ones. Still, the "The Lion King" live-action remake managed to earn big with $1.60 billion in revenues worldwide.

 

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1. Avengers: Endgame (April)

Eleven years of developing and waiting pulled off when Disney and Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame" not only topped the box office but also became the highest-grossing film of all time with an international revenue of $2.80 billion. "Endgame" is the second half of Marvel's ending to the first generation of MCU movies that stretched over 21 films. Burgin noted that the consistency of the cast (sans Edward Norton and Terrence Howard) was the cornerstone for keeping the magic of the "Avengers" franchise and the success of "Endgame."

 

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