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CST Top 10: 2019 Summer Box Office Recap

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Welcome back to the Top 10 segment! This week we are looking back at how we did in our Summer Box office predictions in 2019 to see who did best and what movies made the cut. There’s a lot to look at so let’s see what we got!

10. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum ($321.6 Million)

At number ten we have one of the few successes of this summer in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. What a massive success this was. This film beat its predecessor by nearly $150 Million which is massive for a small action film. Of course, they announced a fourth entry since this franchise is only getting better and shows no signs of dying.

9. Godzilla: King of the Monsters ($385.9 Million)

This is where the disappointments start but I’ve got to say, not very surprising. This franchise of the Warner Bros. giant monsters has been a product of diminishing returns with Godzilla being great, Kong: Skull Island just Ok, and now King of the Monsters just being terrible. This film should’ve been massive, but it was not. Warner Bros. has to be nervous about Kong vs Godzilla next year.

8. The Secret Life of Pets 2 ($421.1 Million)

Number eight is yet another disappointment in The Secret Life of Pets 2. The first film made $875 million worldwide when it came out and its sequel didn’t even make half of that. That is a huge misstep because now this series that once looked like a big franchise is up in the air. Maybe they should actually make a movie and not just a series of small stories.

7. Pokémon Detective Pikachu ($431.6 Million)

Next up we have a film that actually did better then you might think in Pokémon Detective Pikachu. This series of games has all the potential in the world to be absolutely massive and this film got it off to a solid start. No, it didn’t make a billion, but now that more people are discovering it and it is in the public eye, this series can really take off. They just need to make a good film to follow-up and things could be great for Warner Bros.

6. Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw ($684.2 Million)

Number six is a film that is still in theaters but has no chance of going any higher in Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw. This film surprised the hell out of me because I actually enjoyed it. I’d rather watch this series than the Vin Diesel series from here on out and just because this isn’t a billion-dollar film, doesn’t mean it is a failure. The Rock is still a massive movie star.

5. Aladdin ($1,044.1 Billion)

Starting off the top five is the one film none of us saw coming and being this successful in Aladdin. The marketing for this film was horrendous and made everyone trepidatious but wow did it surprise. I was blown away with how much I enjoyed this film with a terrific cast and an excellent retelling of the classic film. This is my favorite Disney remake this year and will sit well for generations to come.

4. Toy Story 4 ($1,044.3 Billion)

In at number four ironically is Toy Story 4. This one had a close battle with Aladdin only passing it by $200,000 dollars. Looking at it though, they are both Disney so who cares? This film was so heartwarming in so many ways by combining the old and the new. Audiences showed up and made it the biggest of the series. Could we get another? Perhaps, but if we are done with this one, I am content.

3. Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1,122.1 Billion)

In at number three is Marvel’s third billion-dollar film of the year in Spider-Man: Far From Home. This film has so much baggage now with the rights issue, but it still became Sony’s highest-grossing film of all time. I enjoyed it upon first viewing but as you go back it actually is a pretty lackadaisical and forgettable film. I wish I liked it more, but now the character is out of the MCU so let’s see how history repeats itself again under Sony’s control.

2. The Lion King ($1,564.5 Billion)

In at number two we have a film everybody was anticipating but may have been a letdown in The Lion King. Did you like the original? Well, you’re in luck because this is the exact same thing just with better-looking lions. This film is now the seventh biggest film of all time with a small shot at six which goes to show you just how beloved the original was. It may have been a letdown, but it crushed at the box office and people will show up for Disney.

1.Avengers: Endgame ($2,796.3 Billion)

Finally, at the number one spot, we have what has become the biggest film of all time in Avengers: Endgame. Did anyone think this film was not going to be a massive success? To be huge is one thing but to pass Avatar was something few saw coming and it became a mark in cinematic history. It is hard to imagine a new film passing this for a long time, but anything is possible.

Well, there we go. These were the Top 10 films of the 2019 Summer movie season. Really a disappointing Summer for the most part with a few great films. The smaller stuff really got overlooked but the time for those films just isn’t now. We all predicted nine correctly with Aladdin being the one we all missed. Next year should be interesting! We will see you with our next round of predictions!