Global, International Box Office Reached Record Highs in 2019

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Global, International Box Office Reached Record Highs in 2019


Kay, Jeremy, Screen International


North America generated $11.4bn for second highest year behind 2018.

‘Avengers: Endgame’

Global and international box office set new records in 2019, reaching $42.5bn and $31.2bn according to fresh data from ComScore.

North America generated $11.4bn, the second highest year of all time behind 2018 on $11.88bn, marking the fifth consecutive year that ticket sales have gone over $11bn.

ComScore sources attributed the global and international numbers to growth in the vast majority of the top international territories including China, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Italy among others.

In selected highlights, China’s box office climbed 5.4% to $9.2bn; France delievered more than $1.4bn; Germany more than $941m; and Mexico generated a record $972.1m.

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame was the number one global film of the year on $2.78bn and ranks as the highest grossing global release of all time. Next came The Lion Kingon $1.65bn, Frozen IIon $1.32bn, Sony’s Spider-Man Far Homeon $1.13bn, and Captain Marvel on $1.12bn.

Hollywood studio highlights:

Walt Disney StudiosMotion Pictures International enjoyed an exceptional 12 months as all releases including Fox generated $8.5903bn, of which Disney only releases produced an industry record $7.145bnthat smashed $4.604bn set by Disney in 2016. Box office crossed $4bn for the fourth time and the fourth year in a row.

Global box office including Fox amounted to $12.7269bn, while Disney-only releases produced $10.7471bn – an all-time industry record that overtook Disney’s $7.605bn set in 2016. This was the third time Disney has crossed $7bn globally after 2016 and 2018.

Six films released through Disney in 2019 crossed $1bn globally in the same year (Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker will make it seven films released in 2019 any day now): Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame on $2.798bn global and $1.94bn international box office; The Lion King on $1.657bn and $1.11bn; Frozen II on $1.145bn and $745.4m; Captain Marvel on $1.13bn and $702.9m; Toy Story 4 on $1.074bn and $640m; and Aladdin on $1.05bn and $695.4m.

Universal Pictures International releases generated $3.311bn worldwide and $2.152bn internationally. The studio crossed $2bn internationally for the third year in a row and has reached the mark five times in total.

Hobbs & Shaw grossed $760.5m to rank as the studio’s biggest global release of the 2019 and pushed the Fast And Furious franchise past Jurassic to become Universal’s highest-grossing global franchise, and the industry’s sixth highest of all time globally. Hobbs & Shaw was also Universal’s biggest international release of the year on $586. …

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