The first two movies last year to gross over US$1 billion in worldwide box office sales are ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. They are both Marvel movies. The latter even crossed over the incredible 2-billion milestone. The same pattern is going to happen this year too. ‘Captain Marvel’ has recently passed the 1-billion mark. It is the 38th film in history to accomplish that and is the first this year.
Although not met with highly positive reviews, ‘Captain Marvel’ soared in ticket sales due to several factors; it is the first standalone female superhero film in Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it serves as a warm-up to the highly anticipated ‘Avengers: Endgame’ that is coming up not long after, and lack of competition from other movies released in the same period. As of 5th April 2019, ‘Captain Marvel’ has grossed over US$1.005 billion. I expect it to end somewhere at US$1.1 billion.
The next film of the year that is going to achieve this milestone would be ‘Avengers: Endgame’. That is a definite thing. Early indication had shown strong worldwide interest and box office projection for this film. The film is projected to score the biggest opening worldwide and is very likely to join ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ in the 2 billion dollar club. They will be in the same group as ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and the top 2 highest grossing films of all time; ‘Avatar’ and ‘Titanic’ (both directed by James Cameron).
Same like the others, now I can’t wait to watch ‘Avengers: Endgame’. It is set to be released in Malaysia on 24th April 2019. That’s 2 days earlier from the rest of the world including US. But that days falls on a normal day. I will have to wait for that weekend or even the next weekend to watch it if tickets are still available. Advance tickets sales had started and I heard most of the seats are already taken. Some people even resell it online at a price of RM700 per ticket. That’s absurd. Fatigue of countless superhero movies nowadays? Obviously not for this one.
Other films this year that are expected to cross the 1-billion milestone (it’s getting easier now to accomplish that due to increasing ticket prices and higher availability of movies in cinemas) are ‘The Lion King’, ‘Aladdin’, and ‘Star Wars: Episode IX”. ‘Toy Story 4’, ‘Frozen 2’, ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’, and ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’. Five films last year (2018) managed to do that. I’m expecting the same this year. Alright. That’s my box office news to start off the month.
(Images in this post are from various online sources)