Box Office: What was the biggest money maker of 2019?

• Disney’s Avengers Endgame was the highest grossing film of 2019

2019 was another great year for cinema that included the decade long pay off of Avengers, the conclusion of the latest Star Wars trilogy, live-action re-incarnations of classics such as Alladin and The Lion King, and critically acclaimed movies such as Joker and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hitting Australian screens. Which in turn has resulted in the third biggest year in Australian box office history making a total of $1,228,741,000.

Disney’s Avengers Endgame was the highest-grossing film of 2019 finishing third overall in Australian box office history and achieved an impressive number of records:

• Highest opening day in cinema industry history
• Highest ever individual Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday gross in industry history
• Highest ever 5 day opening weekend (Weds-Sun) – beating Avengers: Infinity War
• Highest ever 4-day weekend (Thurs-Sun) – beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens
• Highest ever presale total
• Highest ever opening screen count
• Highest & second-highest single days of total business in industry history (Wednesday $11.46m & Thursday $11.26m)– beating Anzac Day 2018 $11.25m

Helping Avengers: Endgame into top spot was the number of screens showing the film on opening day. On Anzac Day last year, Disney opened Avengers: Infinity Wars on 871 screens, in 2019 Avengers Endgame opened on Anzac Day eve on 1,070 screens.

The second highest-grossing film of 2019, The Lion King was also the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time in Australia and had the fifth-biggest opening weekend of all time, and is the most successful Disney live-action remake to date in Australia.

Disney was involved in eight of the top ten films including their cooperation with Sony on Spider-Man: Far from Home, the two non-Disney films where both DC offshoots with the Roadshow distributed Joker and Warner Bros. Aquaman being the outliers.

Both, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Aquaman’s totals were diluted by the fact that a sizeable portion of their releases was outside 2019 with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s 2019/2020 total sitting at $44.25m to date, and Aquaman’s 2018/2019 total sitting at $41.81m. Which would have made the films #3 and #4 respectively, while Frozen 2 is also still in theatres and would be #6 with $38.74m.

Toy Story 4, was able to see off Frozen 2 to be the highest-grossing animated film of the year with over $41m, although Frozen 2 could still overtake it in 2020.

Australian films took over $40m in 2019. The highest-grossing film, Ride Like a Girl, directed by Rachel Griffiths, has taken $11.7m to date.

Read more: Box Office: What where the top Australian Films of 2019?

The top ten films of 2019 accounted for $435.94m of the $1.22b total for the year.

1 Avengers: Endgame $84.16m
2 The Lion King $64.04m
3 Captain Marvel $41.62m
4 Toy Story 4 $41.62m
5 Joker $40.54m
6 Spider-Man: Far from Home $37.32m
7 Aladdin $35.26m
8 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker $34.01m ($44.25m 19/20)
9 Frozen 2 $32.56m ($38.74m 19/20)
10 Aquaman $24.77m ($41.81m 18/19) 

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