Disney Tightens Grip on 2019 Box Office as Other Franchises Struggle

Hollywood’s top studio has accounted for 35% of the domestic box office as year reaches halfway point

With the 2019 box office approaching the halfway point, one thing is clear: It’s Disney’s world right now, and the rest of the film industry is just living in it.

After grossing over $3 billion annually in 2018 — the second time in three years it has done so — Disney entered 2019 with a murderer’s row of franchise titles that has paid off as expected. While the studio still suffered a misstep with “Dumbo,” which grossed only $287 million globally against a $170 million budget, it dominated the theatrical market with just four films: “Captain Marvel,” “Aladdin,” the recently released “Toy Story 4,” and the big one, “Avengers: Endgame.”

All four stand as the highest opening weekends of 2019, with “Toy Story 4” joining the club last weekend with a $120.9 million opening and “Endgame” leading with a record-shattering $357 million start. With $1.88 billion grossed so far this year, Disney accounts for 35% of the $5.31 billion total and has a higher position than the next two studios combined. It is also the only studio so far that has released a film with a domestic total above $200 million.

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