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2019 in film is an overview of events, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies, critics' lists of the best films of 2019, festivals, a list of country-specific lists of films released, and notable deaths.

List of years in film (table)

Highest-grossing films

The top films released in 2019 by worldwide gross are as follows:[1]

Highest-grossing films of 2019
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
1 Avengers: Endgame Disney $2,797,800,564
2 The Lion King $1,649,897,825
3 Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony $1,131,535,039
4 Captain Marvel Disney $1,128,274,794
5 Toy Story 4 $1,069,503,804
6 Aladdin $1,050,603,876
7 Hobbs & Shaw Universal $758,703,635
8 Ne Zha Beijing Enlight $728,993,357[2]
9 The Wandering Earth China Film Group $699,760,773
10 Joker Warner Bros. $619,534,004

Avengers: Endgame became the fifth film to gross $2 billion worldwide and is the highest-grossing film of all time. The Lion King, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4, and Aladdin all grossed $1 billion, with the first and fourth as the highest and 5th highest-grossing animated film.

2019 box office records

  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe became the first film franchise to gross $18 billion with the release of Captain Marvel, and the first franchise to release seven billion-dollar-grossing films (with Captain Marvel joining the first three Avengers films, Iron Man 3, Captain America: Civil War, and Black Panther).[3] Less than two months later, it became the first franchise to gross $19 billion, $20 billion, and $21 billion with the release of Avengers: Endgame, which became the eighth billion-dollar-grossing film and the second two-billion-dollar-grossing film in the franchise (joining Avengers: Infinity War).[4] Two months after that, it became the first franchise to gross $22 billion with the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which became the ninth billion-dollar-grossing film. The MCU also became the first film franchise to release three billion-dollar-grossing films in one year.[5]
  • China set the all-time biggest global one-month record in February 2019 with CN¥11.09 billion ($1.63 billion), as a result of Chinese New Year season, surpassing the previous record set by China in February 2018. The month's highest-grossing film was the domestic Chinese film The Wandering Earth, while the highest-grossing foreign film that month was Alita: Battle Angel.[6]

Studio records

  • Walt Disney Studios became the first studio ever to have most films reach $1 billion for the single year at the worldwide box office, with five films that reached the milestone released by the studio to date.[7]
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home became Sony Pictures' highest-grossing film.
  • With Toy Story 4, Pixar became the first animation studio to have four animated films (along with Toy Story 3, Finding Dory, and Incredibles 2) each surpass $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Film records

  • The Wandering Earth set the all-time opening record in China, grossing $349 million in its first seven days, which also made it the second biggest opening in any territory (after Star Wars: The Force Awakens in North America).[8] It also set the record for the highest-grossing Chinese film on IMAX.[9]
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu earned the best North American opening for a film based on a video game, with a $58 million debut.[10] By June 14, 2019, Detective Pikachu became the highest-grossing video game film adaptation in North America, surpassing Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).[11][12]
  • Avengers: Endgame set numerous box office records.
  • Capernaum became the highest-grossing Middle-Eastern film of all time, having earned more than $50 million worldwide (including $43.5 million in China) by 16 May 2019.[13]
  • Aladdin set the record for the biggest post-Memorial Day Tuesday gross for any film in North America, with $11.9 million in its fifth day.[14] Internationally, it set the record for the best Ramadan opening in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan,[15] became the highest-grossing release of all time in the Middle East,[16] and had the year's biggest opening weekend for a foreign film as well as this year's highest-grossing foreign film in Japan to date. The film has also surpassed Independence Day (1996) to become the highest-grossing film of Will Smith's career.[17] The film also has become highest-grossing Disney film ever in South Korea, not including films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • In June, Toy Story 4 set the record for the biggest opening for an animated film, with $244.5 million. However, the record was surpassed the following month by The Lion King, which grossed $246 million. The latter then became the fastest animated film to gross $1 billion worldwide, doing so in 21 days, surpassing Incredibles 2 (46 days). The Lion King then surpassed Frozen (2013) to become the highest-grossing animated film and highest-grossing musical film of all time in only 31 days.[18] On the other hand, Toy Story 4 surpassed traditionally animated 1994 version of The Lion King to become the highest-grossing G-rated film of all-time.
  • The Lion King became the highest-grossing animated film of all time. It set the record for the widest opening weekend and widest release ever for North American film history, with 4,725 and 4,802 theaters, respectively.[19] On July 29, the film surpassed The Jungle Book (2016) to become the highest-grossing film of Jon Favreau's career.[20] On August 11, the film surpassed Beauty and the Beast (2017) as the highest-grossing remake of all time worldwide.[21] The film also become the highest-grossing release of all-time in the Netherlands,[22] highest-grossing film of 2019 in Europe, Middle East and Africa region[23] and the highest-grossing foreign-made film of the year in Poland. On August 26, the film become the first animated film to grossed $1 billion at overseas box office outside North America.
  • 2019 is the first year to have six films cross the billion-dollar milestone, surpassing 2015's and 2018's record of five billion-dollar films.
  • Ne Zha set the record for the biggest opening for an animated film in China, with $91.5 million, this was also the highest for a non-Hollywood animated film. On August 5, 2019, It surpassed Spirited Away as the highest grossing non-Hollywood animated film. Two days later, It became the fastest animated film to reach $400 million (in 13 days) in a single market, overtaking The Lion King (14 days). It was also the first non-Hollywood animated film to earn $400 million at the box office, the first non-Disney animated film in 15 years since 2004's Shrek 2 to reach that milestone in a single market, and is the highest grossing non-Disney animated film in a single market, surpassing Shrek 2. It later became the first non-Hollywood animated film to earn $500 million (in 17 days), $600 million (in 25 days), and $700 million (in 46 days) and the first animated film not released by Universal, Disney, or Fox to do so. Additionaly, it became the first ever animated feature film in history to gross more than $700 million in a single market.

Events

Award ceremonies

Date Event Host Location
January 6 76th Golden Globe Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association Beverly Hills, California, U.S.[24]
January 13 24th Critics' Choice Awards Broadcast Film Critics Association Santa Monica, California, U.S.
January 19 Producers Guild of America Awards 2018 Producers Guild of America Beverly Hills, California, U.S.[25]
January 27 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles, California, U.S.[26]
February 2 46th Annie Awards International Animated Film Association
71st Directors Guild of America Awards Directors Guild of America
33rd Goya Awards Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Spain Seville, Spain
9th Magritte Awards Académie André Delvaux Brussels, Belgium[27]
February 10 72nd British Academy Film Awards British Academy of Film and Television Arts London, England, UK
February 22 23rd Satellite Awards International Press Academy Century City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
February 23 39th Golden Raspberry Awards Golden Raspberry Award Foundation Los Angeles, California, U.S.[28]
34th Independent Spirit Awards Independent Spirit Awards Santa Monica, California, U.S.[29]
February 24 91st Academy Awards Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hollywood, California, U.S.[30]
September 13 45th Saturn Awards Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Burbank, California, U.S.[31]

Festivals

List of some of the film festivals for 2019 that have been accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

Date Event Host Location
January 14–February 3 2019 Sundance Film Festival Sundance Institute Park City, Utah, United States
February 9–14 69th Berlin International Film Festival Berlin International Film Festival Berlin, Germany
May 14–25 2019 Cannes Film Festival Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France
August 28–September 7 76th Venice International Film Festival Venice Film Festival Venice, Italy
September 5–15 2019 Toronto International Film Festival Toronto International Film Festival Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2019 films

Deaths

Month Date Name Age Nationality Profession Films
January 1 Ivo Gregurević 66 Croatian Actor
2 Bob Einstein 76 American Actor, Director
4 Ivan Bortnik 79 Russian Actor
4 Louisa Moritz 82 Cuban-American Actress
6 Gregg Rudloff 63 American Sound Mixer
6 W. Morgan Sheppard 86 English Actor
9 Verna Bloom 80 American Actress
9 Paul Koslo 74 German-Canadian Actor
9 Paolo Paoloni 89 Italian Actor
11 Fernando Luján 79 Mexican Actor
12 Etsuko Ichihara 82 Japanese Actress
15 Bill Anagnos 60 American Stuntman
15 Carol Channing 97 American Actress
15 Miodrag Radovanović 89 Serbian Actor
17 Windsor Davies 88 Welsh Actor
17 Daniel C. Striepeke 88 American Makeup Artist
19 Muriel Pavlow 97 English Actress
21 Kaye Ballard 93 American Actress
22 James Frawley 82 American Director, Actor
23 Jonas Mekas 96 Lithuanian-American Documentarian
24 Dušan Makavejev 86 Serbian Director, Screenwriter
26 Michel Legrand 86 French Composer
30 Dick Miller 90 American Actor
February 1 Clive Swift 82 English Actor
3 Julie Adams 92 American Actress
3 Carmen Duncan 76 Australian Actress
3 Kristoff St. John 52 American Actor
4 Nita Bieber 92 American Actress
7 Albert Finney 82 English Actor
9 Ron W. Miller 85 American Producer, Executive
10 Carmen Argenziano 75 American Actor
10 Mario Bernardo 99 Italian Cinematographer
10 Jan-Michael Vincent 74 American Actor
12 Vijaya Bapineedu 82 Indian Director
13 Marisa Solinas 79 Italian Actress, Singer
16 Bruno Ganz 77 Swiss Actor
19 Giulio Brogi 83 Italian Actor
20 Chelo Alonso 85 Cuban Actress
20 Claude Goretta 89 Swiss Director
20 Vinny Vella 72 American Actor
21 Stanley Donen 94 American Director
21 Peter Tork 77 American Actor, Singer
22 Morgan Woodward 93 American Actor
23 Katherine Helmond 89 American Actress
24 Paul Blackwell 64 Australian Actor
27 Nathaniel Taylor 80 American Actor
28 André Previn 89 German-American Composer
March 2 Med Hondo 82 Mauritanian Director, Actor
4 Luke Perry 52 American Actor
5 Susan Harrison 80 American Actress
5 Jacques Loussier 84 French Composer
7 Pino Caruso 84 Italian Actor
7 William J. Creber 87 American Production Designer
7 Sidney Sheinberg 84 American Producer, Executive
9 Vladimir Etush 96 Russian Actor
16 Richard Erdman 93 American Actor
16 Barbara Hammer 79 American Director, Documentarian
16 Tom Hatten 92 American Actor
18 John Carl Buechler 66 American Director, Makeup Artist
21 Pyotr Zaychenko 75 Russian Actor
23 Larry Cohen 77 American Director, Screenwriter
23 Denise DuBarry 63 American Actress
24 Joseph Pilato 70 American Actor
29 Shane Rimmer 89 Canadian Actor
29 Agnès Varda 90 Belgian-French Director, Screenwriter
April 2 J. Mahendran 79 Indian Director, Screenwriter
3 Jerzy Wójcik 88 Polish Cinematographer
4 Barry Malkin 80 American Film Editor
4 Roberta Haynes 91 American Actress
5 Nadja Regin 87 Serbian Actress
7 Seymour Cassel 84 American Actor
12 Georgia Engel 70 American Actress
12 John McEnery 75 English Actor
14 Bibi Andersson 83 Swedish Actress
16 Fay McKenzie 101 American Actress
20 David V. Picker 87 American Producer, Executive
21 Steve Golin 64 American Producer
21 Ken Kercheval 83 American Actor
23 Mark Medoff 79 American Screenwriter
23 Terry Rawlings 85 English Film Editor
23 David Winters 80 English-American Actor, Director
24 Jean-Pierre Marielle 87 French Actor
26 Jessie Lawrence Ferguson 76 American Actor
28 John Singleton 51 American Director, Screenwriter
30 Anémone 68 French Actress
30 Peter Mayhew 74 English-American Actor
May 1 Alessandra Panaro 79 Italian Actress
2 Chris Reccardi 54 American Animator
5 Barbara Perry 97 American Actress
9 Allene Roberts 90 American Actress
9 Alvin Sargent 92 American Screenwriter
11 Jean-Claude Brisseau 74 French Director, Screenwriter
11 Peggy Lipton 72 American Actress
12 Machiko Kyō 95 Japanese Actress
13 Doris Day 97 American Actress, Singer
14 Tim Conway 85 American Actor
15 Bobby Diamond 75 American Actor
17 Rallapalli 73 Indian Actor
18 Analía Gadé 87 Argentine Actress
26 Stephen Thorne 84 English Actor
28 Carmine Caridi 85 American Actor
29 Peggy Stewart 95 American Actress
June 2 Alistair Browning 65 New Zealand Actor
3 Paul Darrow 78 English Actor
7 Narciso Ibáñez Serrador 83 Spanish Director, Screenwriter
9 Ma Ju-lung 80 Taiwanese Actor
11 Valeria Valeri 97 Italian Actress
12 Sylvia Miles 94 American Actress
13 Edith González 54 Mexican Actress
15 Franco Zeffirelli 96 Italian Director, Screenwriter
20 Eddie Garcia 90 Filipino Actor
21 William Simons 78 Welsh Actor
24 Billy Drago 73 American Actor
25 Bruno de Keyzer 69 French Cinematographer
25 Bryan Marshall 81 English Actor
26 Édith Scob 81 French Actress
26 Max Wright 75 American Actor
28 Paul Benjamin 81 American Actor
29 Jeon Mi-seon 48 South Korean Actress
July 1 Ennio Guarnieri 88 Italian Cinematographer
3 Glyn Houston 93 Welsh Actor
3 Arte Johnson 90 American Actor
4 Eduardo Fajardo 94 Spanish Actor
4 Arturo Fernández 90 Spanish Actor
5 Ugo Gregoretti 88 Italian Actor, Director
5 Pierre Lhomme 89 French Cinematographer
6 Cameron Boyce 20 American Actor
7 Artur Brauner 100 German Producer
9 Freddie Jones 91 English Actor
9 Rip Torn 88 American Actor
10 Valentina Cortese 96 Italian Actress
10 Denise Nickerson 62 American Actress
18 David Hedison 92 American Actor
19 Rutger Hauer 75 Dutch Actor
19 Jeremy Kemp 84 English Actor
20 Ilaria Occhini 85 Italian Actress
25 Giorgio Arlorio 90 Italian Screenwriter
26 Russi Taylor 75 American Voice Actress
28 Ruth de Souza 98 Brazilian Actress
28 George Hilton 85 Uruguayan Actor
31 Raffaele Pisu 94 Italian Actor
31 Harold Prince 91 American Director, Producer
August 1 D. A. Pennebaker 94 American Documentarian
1 Barrington Pheloung 65 Australian Composer
8 Jean-Pierre Mocky 86 French Director, Actor, Screenwriter
10 Piero Tosi 92 Italian Costume Designer
11 Gordan Mihić 80 Serbian Screenwriter
16 Peter Fonda 79 American Actor, Screenwriter
16 Richard Williams 86 Canadian Animator
18 Encarna Paso 88 Spanish Actress
23 Carlo Delle Piane 83 Italian Actor
28 Michel Aumont 82 French Actor
30 Valerie Harper 80 American Actress
September 3 Carol Lynley 77 American Actress
7 Robert Axelrod 70 American Actor
7 Al Carmichael 90 American Stuntman
8 John Wesley 72 American Actor
11 Mardik Martin 82 American Screenwriter
13 Eddie Money 70 American Musician
15 Phyllis Newman 86 American Actress
15 Ric Ocasek 75 American Musician
19 Charles Gérard 92 French Actor
20 Jan Merlin 94 American Actor
21 Sid Haig 80 American Actor
22 Boriss Teterevs 63 Latvian Producer
27 Rob Garrison 59 American Actor
28 Mark Zakharov 85 Russian Director, Playwright
30 Wayne Fitzgerald 89 American Title Designer
October 1 Eric Pleskow 95 Austrian Producer, Executive
4 Diahann Carroll 84 American Actress, Singer
4 Stephen Moore 81 English Actor
6 Rip Taylor 84 American Actor
10 Marie-José Nat 79 French Actress
11 Robert Forster 78 American Actor
12 Carlo Croccolo 92 Italian Actor
17 Bill Macy 97 American Actor

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