It's the Wonderful World of Disney: The Top Box-Office Earners of 2019 (So Far)
Sat, April 17, 2021

It's the Wonderful World of Disney: The Top Box-Office Earners of 2019 (So Far)

The year 2019 has had its fair share of box-office greats. The top earners, of course, mostly come from Disney. Not only has entertainment behemoth produced some of the best movies so far / Photo by: Junkyardsparkle via Wikimedia Commons

 

The year 2019 has had its fair share of box-office greats. The top earners, of course, mostly come from Disney. Not only has entertainment behemoth produced some of the best movies so far, but it has also been one of the most active in the industry this year. Setting aside the many accusations against Disney of how their challenges are not really challenges, for example, “The Lion King” live-action and “Frozen 2” going head to head isn’t exactly competition as they are both made by Disney, the studio has had a pretty successful performance at the box office this year. 

With Disney mostly winning at the box office, here are the numbers of the biggest movie earners this year so far. 

 

1. Avengers: Endgame

Production Company: Walt Disney 

Release Date: April 26, 2019

Domestic Gross: $858 million 

International Gross: $2.80 billion 

“Avengers: Endgame” made quite the splashing performance at the box office this year, amassing billions of ticket sales both domestically and internationally. As a franchise-capping film, “Endgame” was a highly anticipated film that tied almost all of Disney’s Marvel titles. With “Endgame” heralding the end of an era, Disney stated that it will be releasing “a slew of upcoming Marvel movies over the next few years.” 

According to Paste Magazine, a source for music, movies, TV, comedy, video games, books, and other popular culture news, the movie’s biggest charm is just how well Disney and Marvel Studios managed to pull off something as successful “in terms of size, quality, and consistency of cast.” 

“Avengers: Endgame” made quite the splashing performance at the box office this year, amassing billions of ticket sales both domestically and internationally / Photo by: David Holt via Flickr

 

2. The Lion King

Production Company: Walt Disney 

Release Date: July 19, 2019

Domestic Gross: $530 million 

International Gross: $1.60 billion 

The “realistic” version of “The Lion King” made an amazing performance in the box office despite the naysayers. Its $1.60 billion total earnings worldwide show just how much of a heavyweight the film has become. According to the data-driven website The Numbers, the movie also sold about 59,674,559 tickets. 

The anticipation around the movie was not just driven by the fact that it’s a remake of a classic Disney movie but also because it featured big names like Donald Glover, his musical alter ego Childish Gambino, and Beyoncé Knowles. 

3. Captain Marvel

Production Company: Walt Disney 

Release Date: March 8, 2019

Domestic Gross: $426 million 

International Gross: $1.13 billion 

Despite some backlash on the “Captain Marvel” movie, it was incredibly successful. According to media and entertainment website Meaww, Brie Larson’s character’s first introduction into the Marvel Universe churned out a whopping box office performance. “Captain Marvel” also managed to tell a coherent enough story that tied into the entire MCU. Its worldwide performance was incredible, to say the least, but it was also the controversial quality of it that might have propelled it to the top of people’s minds. 

 

4. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Production Company: Walt Disney 

Release Date: July 2, 2019

Domestic Gross: $388 million 

International Gross: $1.13 billion

Tom Holland once dreamed to be Spider-Man. Now, he’s nearly universally considered as the quintessential actor to play it, bar none. In fact, he played the role so well that the late, great Stan Lee even mentioned how delightful it had been to have Holland on as the new Spider-Man. Lee explained that when Holland started playing Spider-Man he was just the right height, age, and stature as Lee imagined Peter Parker to be. 

The movie sold 42,868,505 tickets, as per The Numbers, and though it was originally just a “smaller fare” in comparison to “Endgame,” it still reeled in a massive $1.13 billion gross worldwide. It was hailed for “having a Grade A capturing of a C-tier villain” in Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), and Holland’s “near perfect” fit for the role. 

Tom Holland once dreamed to be Spider-Man. Now, he’s nearly universally considered as the quintessential actor to play it, bar none / Photo by: BagoGames via Flickr

 

5. Toy Story 4

Production Company: Walt Disney 

Release Date: June 21, 2019

Domestic Gross: $432 million 

International Gross: $1.07 billion 

Another classic from Disney has made its way back to the big screen via a fourth installment. Initially, the concern over “Toy Story 4” was that it may be unnecessary considering the stories of the toys have already been developed and conclude in the span of three movies in the franchise. All of that fear was washed away when it proved to be just as successful and heartwarming as its predecessors. 

According to Paste Magazine, the movie wonderfully mastered the ability to discuss something that was not covered in the other movies before: what comes next. That’s quite the challenge to pull off, especially when the three “Toy Story” movies have already proved to be quite conclusive. Even so, the movie has managed to bring the gang together again for yet another box-office winner. 

6. Aladdin

Production Company: Walt Disney 

Release Date: May 24, 2019

Domestic Gross: $354 million 

International Gross: $1.05 billion 

Just like “Toy Story 4” and “The Lion King,” people were apprehensive of the “Aladdin” remake in large part because it was a classic animation that many people loved bannered by the incomparable Robin Williams as Genie. Many supposed the movie would not be able to hold its own, with Will Smith as the Genie expecting to fail miserably when ranged against Williams’ performance. Technically, that is true but only because no one will be able to surpass what Williams did to his character. Meaww stated that Smith, nevertheless, was able to put a spin on Genie that was perfectly his own, giving the movie its unique flare.

Many would argue that this list of top box-office earners is one more proof of how Disney has become a monopoly in the entertainment industry. Be that as it may, it’s the public that is the ultimate winner, being served with high-quality products that have kept them going back to the theaters time and time again.