What a year it has been for Hollywood, isn't it? Films did blockbuster business, others tanked, some shocking hits and unexpected flops occurred, a decade-old record was broken and all that's just the box-office story. Several scandals broke out, more than one would've liked and numerous images were shattered for all time to come. But it wasn't all bad as many celebs hit headlines for some wonderful developments, too, while others made news for things that ranged from humorous to laugh-out-loud funny to the downright bizarre. So, in case you're a Hollywood junkie, look no further because we've got the ultimate Hollywood roundup for you from 2019 right here.
The big news from the numbers world was Avengers: Endgame going past Avatar's decade-long record as the highest-grossing film of all time at the global box-office. Of course, Disney had to rerelease it to grab the top spot, and when adjusted for inflation, the story is entirely different, but hey...a record's still a record, and one could argue that the inflation point gets nullified with the stiff competition from digital platforms. Overall, it was Disney ruling the roost left, right and centre, becoming the first studio to gross over $10 billion worldwide in a single year, with other products like The Lion King live-action remake, Toy Story 4, Captain Marvel, Frozen II, Aladdin, Spider-Man: Far From Home and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker also raking in the moolah.
Elsewhere, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and maverick Director M. Night Shyamalan’s subversive superhero entry, Glass, filled the coffers of Universal Studios, and Shazam and Joker continued Warner Bros newfound success with DC films — the latter proving that you don't need amazing VFX to herd in moviegoers for a comic-book film — while Alita: Battle Angel proved that overseas audiences' tastes can vary drastically from that of American ones. Quentin Tarantino again showed his pull with both the audience and critics as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood laughed all its way to the back and critical glory, whereas Jumanji: The Next Level and Zombieland: Double Tap were are money-spinners for Sony. Among other Oscar hopefuls not bearing the Tarantino name, Ford v Ferrari was a major hit.
It was also good to see original scripts like Hustlers, Knives Out and Good Boys, not bearing any allegiance to a franchise, click with audience. Speaking of franchises through, John Wick: Chapter 3, Downton Abbey and Happy Death Day 2 U made for nice subversive offsets at cinema halls. Horror once again was a draw for the audience, with US, Crawl, Ready or Not, Pet Sematary, It: Chapter 2, Annabelle Comes Home all doing very well. The US audience also finally warmed up to a dubbed-foreign film as auteur Bong Joon Ho's Korean masterpiece, Parasite, used its international acclaim to find a decent turnover in American theatres.
Among the big losers, there were certain franchises for whom the death knell has run — viewers look to be clearly done with Rambo, Terminator, Men in Black, Charlie's Angels and Child's Play while the Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep, despite garnering amazing reviews, seems to have arrived way too late after its predecessors, with modern-day moviegoers appearing disinterested in it. Other original horror fare like Brightburn and 47 Meters Down: Uncaged also didn't do that well in spite of generally decent reviews and mostly positive word-of-mouth from whomever did go to watch them.
Tentpoles like Godzilla: King of the Monsters, though not DOA, also didn't perform to expectations, creating uncertainty for their franchise's immediate future. The big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical smash hit, Cats, by the same name, also turned out to be a major disappointment for both critics and fans as did Will Smith and filmmaker Ang Lee's ambitious Gemini Man. And though it was a relatively good year for animation, with the verdict still out for Spies in Disguise, there were a couple of missteps in the genre with The Lego Movie 2 and Ugly Dolls. Adding to the woes were politically themed movies like Bombshell and Richard Jewell, which bit the dust quite badly.
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