2019 has been an insanely successful year for the Walt Disney Company as the conglomerate continues to establish its dominance in the world of entertainment.
Commonly referred to as just Disney, the company has been setting and breaking box office records seemingly at will.
The company recently revealed that on December 14, their latest animated release had reached and exceeded the $1 billion box office mark and, in the process, becoming the production company’s sixth movie to reach the milestone this year.
Hot Piece of Property
If you have no idea which Disney release is the hottest piece of property in theatres right now, then you must not be a fan of animated movies.
Animations fans the world over knew that the follow up to 2013’s Frozen was to hit cinemas in late 2019, and given the movie’s profit margin, it is safe to say that Frozen II is a hit with audiences.
The highly anticipated movie made its debut just before Thanksgiving, and guess how much it made domestically? A staggering $127 million! This, however, was no surprise to media analysts.
They had long predicted that the movie would do well, owing to the ardor that followed the first installment in what promises to be an exciting franchise.
Paul Dergarabedian, a Comscore senior analyst, is of the opinion that by the time 2019 draws to a close, Disney will have had another movie hit the $1 billion mark. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had its Hollywood release on December 16, with the release date throughout the rest of the US having been slated for December 20.
Dethroning Avengers: Endgame
Based on pre-ticket sales, analysts say that the movie will make between $175-$205 million this weekend. Will it reach $1 billion before the year is over? All signs seem to point in that direction, especially since the movie dethroned the former pre-sale tickets record holder, Avengers: Endgame. And we all know what a hit this MCU flick was, don’t we?
As Dergarabedian puts it, Disney is just about to have itself a very fruitful box office holiday season, and there’s little reason to doubt this, if any.
The other five films at the helm of the entertainment company’s success this year are Toy Story 4, Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Captain Marvel. And if you didn’t already know, Avengers: Endgame is currently the highest-grossing movie of all time, at $2.789 billion.
While making the Frozen II announcement, Disney also revealed that the flick is firmly in the top ten highest-grossing animated films of all time, sitting comfortably at number 7.
You may want to argue that The Lion King should be in there, but the company doesn’t classify this remake of 1994’s classic to be an animated movie. They call it live-action, but does it really fit the profile? That’s a whole other story though. Animated or not, the movie has performed extremely well, and that’s all that matters.
And by the way, should you be among those who haven’t watched any of the movies on this Disney list by any chance, what are you waiting for? You just got weekend plans!