Box Office Year In Review: Disney Conquers, But Who Else Had a Good 2019?

Warner Bros. goes feast or famine, Universal navigates a year without top tentpoles, and Paramount is once again in trouble

If two other studios in Hollywood had even half the success that Disney had this year, the 2019 box office would have broken last year’s record $11.8 billion take, and may have even topped the $12 billion mark in North America. Instead, 2019 was a year where a single studio stoked fears of a monopoly over the entertainment industry while the rest were left fighting for a distant second.

For the first time in Hollywood history, the five highest-grossing films of the year all came from one studio, with Disney striking gold over and over with “Frozen II,” “Captain Marvel,” “Toy Story 4,” ” The Lion King” and the film that became an unprecedented global phenomenon and the new all-time box office record holder, “Avengers: Endgame.”

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster