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The Future of Big Box Office Hits in 2020

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BY December 24, 2019
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Avengers: Endgame made $2.79 billion. The Lion King hit $1.65 billion. In fact, 8 movies in 2019 alone hit the $1 billion mark, as Frozen II continues to rise. Almost all of the films on this list were highly anticipated and were expected to be pretty big successes. Aside from Joker which exceeded expectations everywhere, 2019 wasn’t full of many surprises. And with the recent release of Star Wars: Rise of The Skywalker, we’re pretty sure we’ll be seeing another 2019 film on this list of box office successes. But what comes next as we enter the new decade? There’s a chance that we won’t be seeing any big box office hits for a while, and maybe not until 2021.

What Big Box Office Hits Have Been Hitting Us Hard?

If you take a look at all of the 2019 successes,  you’ll notice a lot of Disney. And not just Disney, but franchise movies in general. Endgame, Spider-Man: Far from Home, and Captain Marvel were all a part of the giant MCU that continues to push out hits. Toy Story 4, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Frozen II are all sequels/remakes to beloved children’s movies. So, it’s certainly been a year for remakes, reboots, and franchise films. It seems as if so many of these movies were pushed out before the decade ended as if Disney needed to end it with a bang.

The list doesn’t look much different if you take all of the 2010s into consideration, especially if you’re looking domestically.  Here we see Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) at the top. Avengers: Endgame, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War follow closely behind.

What’s Holding The Box Office Back In 2020?

If we’re just taking domestic numbers into consideration, we do expect to see some success. Films like Black Widowwhich releases in May, is sure to garner some success in the U.S. box office. The hype is also slowly building for Eternals, scheduled for November 6th, 2020. But these films aren’t as tied into the MCU as the rest, as it doesn’t push the story forward. So, it’s hard to say if they’ll be nearly as big as the films leading up to the ultimate endgame.

Black Widow Trailer Featured new suit Image via screengrab

Warner Bros. and DC also have Wonder Woman 1984 on the schedule. Though, DC films haven’t been so hot lately (Joker aside). While the first Wonder Woman did well, this one will need success in China to beat any DC records. Mulan, another Disney remake, is also scheduled for release in March. Whether it succeeds in the same way as the other Disney films domestically is unsure. Though, considering its material, it can expect to make plenty of money in China, which can make all of the difference.

2020 Films We’re Looking Forward To

Unlike this year, where we knew that things like Endgame would be mega-hits, 2020 is full of uncertainty. There’s a lot to come in terms of marketing and further hype. But there’s no way to predict how we’ll look back on the 2020 box office numbers at the end of the new year. While their performances are uncertain, here is a list of some of the most anticipated films of 2020, with their release dates.

  • Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) – February 7th, 2020
  • A Quiet Place Part II – March 20th, 2020
  • Mulan – March 27th, 2020
  • No Time To Die – April 8th, 2020
  • Black Widow – May 1st, 2020
  • Fast & Furious 9 – April 10th, 2020
  • Wonder Woman 1984 – June 5th, 2020
  • Eternals – November 6th, 2020

While this all looks promising, 2021 is going to be bringing even more. The Matrix 4, The Batman, Avatar 2, Thor: Love and Thunder and more are all slated for a 2021 release. So, we can easily predict some massive hits there. Will 2020 just be more filler as we wait for the biggest releases in 2021?

So, readers, what movies are you looking forward to watching in 2020? Do you expect to see any mega-hits at the box office in 2020 as we did in 2019? Let us know in the comments!

Featured image via Marvel.

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Meghan Hale is a graduate student living right outside of Toronto, Canada. She has always been the go-to gal for talking about anything film related and has a frustratingly long list of movie trivia up her sleeve. She is currently working on her first screenplay, as well as a horror novel, with the goal of publishing it while Stephen King is still around to read it.

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