Disney is Poised to Dominate the 2019 Box Office


Elsa from Frozen

In 2013, Frozen crossed the $1.2 billion mark and fans' (especially young girls) love for this franchise has snowballed over the years thanks to toys depicting Princesses Anna and Elsa, and, of course, Olaf. This property has become a pop culture phenomenon, as evidenced by how infectious the "Let It Go" theme song became, and it's hard to see the sequel next November not approaching a similar haul.

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Disney's also got Artemis Fowl out next August, which seems to be a response to Warner Bros.' Harry Potter franchise. This is a relatively big wild card, and while it's not expected to bring in the numbers of the Potter-verse, it'll add something to the coffers when the time comes to check the final figures for 2019.

The premise of the title character seeking out his father in a mystical land of fairies seems like a strong enough hook to bring in $300 million or so.


Last, but certainly not least, Disney will be bringing out J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX a year from now. In 2015, Abrams' The Force Awakens made over $2 billion and is currently third on the highest-grossing films of all time, behind only Avatar and Titanic. Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi is ninth on the list, collecting just over $1.3 billion in 2017, but with Abrams at the wheel again, another $2 billion performance shouldn't be surprising.

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Even if the film middles out between these figures at around $1.7 million, that's still enough to crack the top five and unseat Jurassic World. But again, the Star Wars brand, plus Abrams' brand and Disney's, are all the ingredients needed for something big as the studio looks to wrap up Rey's battle with Kylo Ren.

The movie could also benefit from fans loving what Disney does with the Marvel movies over the course of the year, which could help push things closer to $2 billion.

If you think worst case scenario (as some of these movies are out in the same month and will cannibalize each other) and chalk up $1.5 billion hauls for Avengers 4, Star Wars: Episode IX; and $1 billion for the likes of Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, The Lion King, Captain Marvel, Disney will already be at $7 billion for the year. Add in the other movies we mentioned in Dumbo, Aladdin and Artemis Fowl, and it becomes apparent the studio will be coming very close to breaking its own record or tying it. Either way, we can all safely agree that when 2019's done Disney will once again be crowned king of the entertainment industry.

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