2020 in film
|Years in film|
2020 in film featured many film releases, several cinematic events, and a plethora of deaths connected to the industry.
The year was greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with numerous films originally scheduled for theatrical release were postponed or released on video on demand or streaming services. However, it is to be kept in mind that several film companies stopped reporting box-office numbers during this time due to the pandemic, and several films are still in theatres where guidelines enable so. As a result, numbers will grow if they are re-released in the future to compensate for the impact this pandemic has had on consumers and film-watchers.
The top films released in 2020 by worldwide gross are listed below. The COVID-19 pandemic caused severe disruption to the industry, with lower than usual box office returns than previous years and a reduced selection of contenders.
|1||Demon Slayer: Mugen Train||Toho / Aniplex (Sony Music Japan)||$503,048,471|
|2||The Eight Hundred||CMC Pictures Holdings||$472,000,000|
|3||My People, My Homeland||China Lion Film Distribution||$433,241,288|
|4||Bad Boys for Life||Sony||$426,505,244|
|6||Sonic the Hedgehog||Paramount||$319,715,683|
|8||Jiang Ziya||Beijing Enlight Pictures||$240,661,689|
|9||A Little Red Flower||HG Entertainment||$238,600,000|
|10||Shock Wave 2||Universe Films Distribution||$226,320,000[a]|
After being re-released in 4K in China, earning $26.4 million, the overall gross for the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone increased to over $1 billion, becoming the second billion-dollar film in the Wizarding World franchise.
2020 box office records
- China overtook North America as the world's largest box office market for the first time in 2020. China generated $2.7 billion in theatrical revenue compared to North America's $2.3 billion, the lowest for the North American box office in at least 40 years. This has been largely attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic having a greater negative impact in North America than in China.
- Because of the relatively smaller impact of the pandemic on Asian film markets, the majority (6) of the top ten highest-grossing films of the year are Asian (Chinese and Japanese) productions for the first time in history, as the rankings were previously dominated by North American productions.
- At the end of 2020, The Eight Hundred became the first Chinese and first non-Hollywood film to top the global box office with more than $450 million gross. It was later overtaken by Demon Slayer: Mugen Train in May 2021, partly due to the increased re-opening of foreign movie markets from COVID-19.
- Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, a Japanese anime film based on the manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, broke a number of box office records.
- It became the first ever non-Hollywood film production to become the highest-grossing film of the year.
- It set the all-time box office records for the highest-grossing Japanese film, the highest-grossing anime film, and the highest-grossing R-rated animated film.
- In Japan, Mugen Train set the first-day opening record with ¥1.2 billion ($11.3 million), before breaking the opening weekend record with ¥4.6 billion ($43.8 million) over three days. It went on to have the highest-grossing second weekend, and in ten days became the fastest film to cross ¥10 billion ($96.7 million), surpassing Spirited Away (2001) which had previously crossed the ¥10 billion milestone in 19 days and held the record for 19 years. Mugen Train also became the fastest film to cross ¥20 billion in Japan, again faster than Spirited Away. It also set the record for the highest-grossing IMAX release in Japan, surpassing the previous record holder Bohemian Rhapsody (2018). In 59 days, Mugen Train set another record as the fastest film to cross the ¥30 billion milestone, faster than Spirited Away which took 253 days to reach the same milestone. In 66 days, the film set another record as the first film to top the Japanese box office charts for ten straight weekends (since the charts began publication in 2004). In 73 days, Mugen Train grossed ¥32.48 billion to become the highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, surpassing Spirited Away which held the record for 19 years.
- In Taiwan, Mugen Train grossed NT$360 million (US$12.6 million) in 17 days, setting the record for the highest-grossing animated film of all time in Taiwan, surpassing the previous record holders Frozen 2 (2019) and Your Name (2016). In 20 days, Mugen Train became the first animated film to cross NT$400 million in Taiwan, before later crossing the NT$500 million milestone.
- Sonic the Hedgehog broke Pokémon: Detective Pikachu's record for the highest opening weekend for a film based on a video game, with $70 million domestic gross in the United States and Canada. It went on to become the highest-grossing film based on a video game in the United States and Canada, surpassing Detective Pikachu, although it did not beat it in the worldwide box office. Sonic the Hedgehog is also the highest-grossing superhero film of 2020, ending the Marvel Cinematic Universe's decade-long run of having the highest-grossing superhero film of the year (from 2010 to 2019).
- For the first time in box office history, two non-American animated film productions (Asian films), Demon Slayer: Mugen Train from Japan and Jiang Ziya from China, have become the highest-grossing animated films of the year. This has been partly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also the first time since 1987 that a non-American animated film (Japanese anime), Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, became the highest-grossing animated film of the year, and the first time an anime has made the top 10 highest-grossing films of the year worldwide.
- 2020 was the first year since 2008 not to have a film gross $1 billion in its initial release, the first year since 2005 not to have a film gross over $900 million, and the first year since 2000 not to have a film gross over $600 million, attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
List of some of the film festivals for 2020 that have been accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).
|January 23–February 2||2020 Sundance Film Festival||Sundance Film Festival||Park City, Utah, United States|
|February 20–March 1||70th Berlin International Film Festival||Berlin International Film Festival||Berlin, Germany|
|Suspended||2020 Cannes Film Festival||Cannes Film Festival||Cannes, France|
|September 2–12||77th Venice International Film Festival||Venice Film Festival||Venice, Italy|
|September 10–21||2020 Toronto International Film Festival||Toronto International Film Festival||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
- List of American films of 2020
- List of Bangladeshi films of 2020
- List of British films of 2020
- List of Canadian films of 2020
- List of Chinese films of 2020
- List of Filipino films of 2020
- List of Indian films of 2020
- List of Assamese films of 2020
- List of Bollywood films of 2020
- List of Gujarati films of 2020
- List of Indian Bengali films of 2020
- List of Kannada films of 2020
- List of Malayalam films of 2020
- List of Marathi films of 2020
- List of Punjabi films of 2020
- List of Tamil films of 2020
- List of Telugu films of 2020
- List of Tulu films of 2020
- List of Japanese films of 2020
- List of Portuguese films of 2020
- List of Russian films of 2020
- List of South Korean films of 2020
|8||Buck Henry||89||American||Actor, Screenwriter, Director|
|9||Ivan Passer||86||Czech||Director, Screenwriter|
|21||Terry Jones||77||Welsh||Actor, Director, Screenwriter|
|25||Monique van Vooren||92||Belgian-American||Actress|
|26||Kobe Bryant||41||American||Actor, Screenwriter|
|28||Harriet Frank Jr.||96||American||Screenwriter|
|30||Jörn Donner||86||Finnish-Swedish||Director, Screenwriter, Actor|
|1||Luciano Ricceri||79||Italian||Production Designer|
|4||José Luis Cuerda||72||Spanish||Director, Screenwriter, Producer|
|5||Kirk Douglas||103||American||Actor, Producer|
|7||Orson Bean||91||American||Actor, Producer|
|7||Ann E. Todd||88||American||Actress|
|9||Paula Kelly||77||American||Actress, Singer|
|10||Marge Redmond||95||American||Actress, Singer|
|13||Rafael Romero Marchent||93||Spanish||Director, Actor|
|17||Ja'Net DuBois||87||American||Actress, Singer, Songwriter|
|19||José Mojica Marins||83||Brazilian||Director, Actor|
|24||Diana Serra Cary||101||American||Actress|
|March||2||James Lipton||93||American||Writer, Actor|
|7||Mart Crowley||84||American||Screenwriter, Actor|
|8||Max von Sydow||90||Swedish||Actor|
|12||Gary B. Kibbe||79||American||Cinematographer|
|12||Tonie Marshall||68||French||Actress, Director, Screenwriter|
|15||Suzy Delair||102||French||Actress, Singer|
|19||Nazzareno Zamperla||82||Italian||Actor, Stuntman|
|20||Johnny Harris||87||Scottish||Composer, Arranger, Musician|
|20||Kenny Rogers||81||American||Actor, Singer, Songwriter|
|24||Stuart Gordon||72||American||Director, Screenwriter|
|24||Albert Uderzo||92||French||Director, Screenwriter|
|29||Krzysztof Penderecki||86||Polish||Composer, Conductor|
|31||Julie Bennett||88||American||Actress, Voice Actress|
|31||Andrew Jack||76||English||Dialect Coach, Actor|
|April||1||Adam Schlesinger||52||American||Musician, Songwriter|
|3||Hans Meyer||94||South African||Actor|
|4||Carlo Leva||90||Italian||Production Designer|
|5||George Ogilvie||89||Australian||Director, Actor|
|9||Marc Engels||54||Belgian||Sound engineer|
|10||Nobuhiko Obayashi||82||Japanese||Director, Screenwriter|
|16||Luis Sepúlveda||70||Chilean||Screenwriter, Actor|
|22||Marcos Mundstock||77||Argentine||Actor, Comedian|
|23||Bruce Allpress||89||New Zealand||Actor|
|26||Peter H. Hunt||81||American||Director|
|29||John Lafia||63||American||Director, Screenwriter|
|6||Leslie Pope||65||American||Set Decorator|
|7||Peque Gallaga||76||Filipino||Director, Screenwriter|
|15||Lynn Shelton||54||American||Director, Screenwriter|
|22||Denise Cronenberg||81||Canadian||Costume Designer|
|31||Dan van Husen||75||German||Actor|
|June||2||Mary Pat Gleason||70||American||Actress|
|3||Bruce Jay Friedman||90||American||Screenwriter|
|8||Marion Hänsel||71||Belgian||Director, Screenwriter, Actress|
|11||Rosa María Sardá||78||Spanish||Actress, Comedian|
|14||Sushant Singh Rajput||34||Indian||Actor|
|17||Lewis John Carlino||88||American||Director, Screenwriter|
|18||Vera Lynn||103||English||Actress, Singer|
|22||Joel Schumacher||80||American||Director, Costume Designer|
|26||Kelly Asbury||60||American||Director, Screenwriter|
|29||Johnny Mandel||94||American||Composer, Songwriter|
|29||Carl Reiner||98||American||Actor, Director, Screenwriter|
|2||Kevin Rafferty||72||American||Director, Cinematographer|
|2||Ronald L. Schwary||76||American||Producer|
|2||Yoon Sam-yook||83||South Korean||Screenwriter, Director|
|13||Grant Imahara||49||American||Model Maker|
|17||Zizi Jeanmaire||96||French||Dancer, Actress|
|21||Annie Ross||89||English-American||Actress, Singer|
|23||Sérgio Ricardo||88||Brazilian||Director, Composer|
|26||Olivia de Havilland||104||English-American||Actress|
|28||Raavi Kondala Rao||88||Indian||Actor, Writer|
|1||Tom Pollock||77||American||Producer, Executive|
|3||Billy Goldenberg||84||American||Composer, Songwriter|
|9||Anna Maria Bottini||104||Italian||Actress|
|11||Trini Lopez||83||American||Singer, Actor|
|16||Nikolai Gubenko||78||Russian||Actor, Director|
|23||Benny Chan||58||Hong Kong||Director, Screenwriter|
|27||David S. Cass Sr.||78||American||Stuntman, Director|
|4||Annie Cordy||92||Belgian||Actress, Singer|
|5||Jiří Menzel||82||Czech||Director, Screenwriter|
|8||Jaya Prakash Reddy||74||Indian||Actor|
|20||Alan Tomkins||81||English||Art Director|
|20||Gerardo Vera||73||Spanish||Director, Actor, Costume & Set Designer|
|21||Ron Cobb||83||American-Australian||Set Designer|
|22||Michael Gwisdek||78||German||Actor, Director|
|23||Juliette Gréco||93||French||Actress, Singer|
|25||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||74||Indian||Singer, Actor|
|25||Goran Paskaljević||73||Serbian||Director, Screenwriter|
|29||Helen Reddy||78||Australian||Singer, Actress|
|29||Mac Davis||78||American||Singer, Songwriter, Actor|
|2||Edward S. Feldman||91||American||Producer|
|3||Thomas Jefferson Byrd||70||American||Actor|
|6||Tommy Rall||90||American||Actor, Dancer|
|8||Camillo Bazzoni||85||Italian||Cinematographer, Director|
|13||Marisa de Leza||87||Spanish||Actress|
|15||Bhanu Athaiya||91||Indian||Costume Designer|
|21||Marge Champion||101||American||Actress, Dancer|
|23||Yehuda Barkan||75||Israeli||Actor, Director, Screenwriter|
|6||Fernando Solanas||84||Argentine||Director, Screenwriter|
|26||Daria Nicolodi||70||Italian||Actress, Screenwriter|
|2||Franco Giraldi||89||Italian||Director, Screenwriter|
|4||François Leterrier||91||French||Director, Actor|
|10||Tom Lister Jr.||62||American||Actor|
|11||Kim Ki-duk||59||South Korean||Director, Screenwriter|
|12||Ann Reinking||71||American||Actress, Dancer|
|18||Peter Lamont||91||English||Production Designer|
|19||David Giler||77||American||Producer, Screenwriter|
|19||Eileen Pollock||73||Northern Irish||Actress|
|29||Claude Bolling||90||French||Composer, Arranger|
|31||Robert Hossein||93||French||Actor, Director|
|31||Narsing Yadav||57||Indian||Actor, Comedian|
|31||Joan Micklin Silver||85||American||Director|
- See Shock Wave 2 § Reception
- The ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, winners announced online.
- The ceremony was held and broadcast live online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The ceremony was held and broadcast live online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- From 2020 onward, the category was shifted from the Critics' Choice Awards to the ancillary Critics' Choice Super Awards.
- From 2016 onward, the category was shifted from the Critics' Choice Awards to the ancillary Critics' Choice Documentary Awards.
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