Every year, there are different trends in popular cinema. 2019 has been dominated by remakes, animation, and several films released by the Marvel franchise. The top spot, claimed by Avengers: Endgame, has grossed almost $3 billion at the box office since it's late April release date. Not only is it the biggest film of the year, but it has also earned more in box office sales than any other film, surpassing previous record-holders, Avatar and Titanic.
With just a few weeks left in the year, it's unlikely that any other films will do as well as these releases. If you haven't seen these yet, most of them are now available to rent online, and some are still in theatres. Here are the top-grossing films of 2019.
10 Us: $255 Million
One horror film that rocked box offices this year was Jordan Peele's Us. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss, the film follows the perilous adventures of a vacationing family who are attacked by haunted doppelgangers. The theme and storyline were praised for originality, and viewers gave the film an approval rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The musical score was praised, as was Nyong'o's performance. As the second highest-grossing horror film of 2019, Us has earned $255 million at the box office.
9 It: Chapter Two: $462 Million
The sequel to the 2017 re-adaptation of Stephen King's It, It: Chapter Two, opened in theatres in September to mixed reviews. For longtime fans of King, the much-anticipated sequel to It didn't deliver. With a runtime of 169 minutes, critics argued that the film was far too long, and didn't pack as many scary scenes as the first chapter.
Rotten Tomatoes has given the film an approval rating of 63%, and CinemaScore gave it a rating of B+. Despite this, the visual effects are quite impressive, and for horror lovers, it's a must-watch. The film has made $462 million at the box office so far.
8 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw: $758 Million
As the ninth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw stars veterans of the series Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. With a $200 million dollar production budget, the film has already brought in $758 million at the box office internationally since it's early August release date.
Certainly, viewers are getting a little bit fed up with this series, which is reflected in their Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of only 67%. Despite this, the film is one of the top earners at the box office for 2019.
7 Joker: $985 Million
Based on the DC Comics Batman comic, Joker is a dark, psychological thriller that provides a possible backstory to the villainous character. Earning over $985 million since it's early October release date, it is already the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.
Though the reviews are mediocre on critic sites, Joaquin Phoenix has been praised for his ability to portray the dark side of human nature.
6 Aladdin: $1 Billion
Yet another Disney remake that blew up at the box office is Guy Ritchie's Aladdin, based on the 1992 classic. The live-action take features top talents, like Will Smith as the Genie, and Mena Massoud as Aladdin. Despite box office sales hitting $1 billion since its May release, the film didn't get fantastic reviews.
Rotten Tomatoes only gave it an approval rating of 57%, and Metacritic gave it a score of 53/100. The film has mainly been accused of being underwhelming, and not living up to the original splendor of the Disney animated version.
5 Spider-Man: Far From Home: $1.1 Billion
Spider-Man: Far From Home is the twenty-third installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the very first Spider-Man film to hit the $1 billion dollar mark at the box office. It is the highest-earning film released by Sony Pictures.
Starring Tom Holland as Spider-Man, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the film received overall positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a favorable score of 90% approval, while CinemaScore website gave it an 'A'. Spider-Man and Captain Marvel have both had comparable success this year, tying for the 4th top-earning spot.
4 Captain Marvel: $1.1 Billion
Captain Marvel is the first female-led action hero film to have surpassed $1.1 billion dollars at the box office. Brie Larson plays Marvel comic character Carol Dangers, an-ex U.S Air Force member with superhuman strengths and powers.
The film was released in late February and was just one of several films in the MCU that came out in 2019. Due to Larson's extraordinary acting, the film became the ninth highest-grossing superhero film of all time.
3 Toy Story 4: $1.1 Billion
Disney was responsible for the success of 5 of the top-earning films this year, and Toy Story 4 is one of the best of the year.
Grossing over $1 billion dollars at the box office since its release in June, the film features Tim Allen and Tom Hanks as the loveable Buzz Lightyear and Woody. Praised for its storyline, humor, and musical score, this film is sure to please children and adults alike.
2 The Lion King: $1.6 Billion
The much-anticipated photorealistic remake of the classic 1994 Disney film, The Lion King, has made an impressive $1.6 billion dollars at the box office since it's release in July. Hans Zimmer, who was the original composer for the Disney score, returned to work with Pharrell Williams, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, and Elton John.
With Donald Glover doing the voice-overs for Simba, and Seth Rogan as Pumbaa, the remake brought together the top talents in the industry. An unforgettable film that was given a beautiful, fresh perspective, you'll want to catch this one.
1 Avengers: Endgame: $2.8 Billion
With worldwide box office sales surpassing $2.8 billion dollars, Avengers: Endgame, is the highest-grossing film of the year... and of all time. The 22nd release in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), it is the much-anticipated sequel to 2012's The Avengers, 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, and 2018's Avengers: Infinity War.
The all-star cast consists of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson, to name a few. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an average approval rating of 94%, and the critical acclaim was enormously positive. A must-see for 2019.