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Top 10 Worldwide Highest-grossing Films of 2019

Avengers: Endgame became the fifth film to gross $2 billion worldwide and is the highest-grossing film of all time. The Lion King, Frozen II, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4, Joker, Aladdin, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker all grossed $1 billion, with the first, second, and fifth as the 1st, 2nd, and 6th highest-grossing animated films, respectively. Joker became the first R-rated film in history to surpass $1 billion.


1. Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564)


Top 10 Worldwide Highest-grossing Films of 2019

Avengers: Endgame was widely anticipated, and Disney backed the film with Marvel's largest marketing campaign. It premiered in Los Angeles on April 22, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on April 26. The film received praise for its direction, acting, musical score, action sequences, visual effects, and emotional weight, with critics lauding its culmination of the 22-film story.

It grossed nearly $2.8 billion worldwide, surpassing Infinity War's entire theatrical run in just eleven days and breaking numerous box office records, including becoming the highest-grossing film of all time. The film received numerous awards and nominations, including a nomination for Best Visual Effects at the 92nd Academy Awards, three nominations at the 25th Critics' Choice Awards, and a nomination for Special Visual Effects at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards.


2. The Lion King ($1,656,943,149)



Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother -- and former heir to the throne -- has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

The film was theatrically released in the United States on July 19, 2019. It has grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide. Despite it not being advertised as an animated film, it surpassed Frozen to become the highest-grossing animated film of all-time. It is also the second highest-grossing film of 2019, and the seventh-highest of all-time. It received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for its visual effects, music, and vocal performances (particularly Rogen and Eichner), but criticism for its lack of originality and facial emotion on the characters.


3. Frozen II ($1,402,443,690)



Elsa the Snow Queen has an extraordinary gift -- the power to create ice and snow. But no matter how happy she is to be surrounded by the people of Arendelle, Elsa finds herself strangely unsettled. After hearing a mysterious voice call out to her, Elsa travels to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond her kingdom -- an adventure that soon turns into a journey of self-discovery.

Frozen II had its world premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on November 7, 2019, and was released in the United States by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on November 22, 2019. The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised its animation, visuals, writing, music, and vocal performances. It has grossed $1.402 billion worldwide, had the highest all-time worldwide opening for an animated film, and is the second highest-grossing animated film of all time and the third highest-grossing film of 2019, as well as the 11th highest-grossing film of all time.


4. Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1,131,927,996)



Spider-Man: Far From Home premiered at the TCL Chinese Theatre on June 26, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 2. The film received positive reviews for its humor, visual effects, and performances (particularly those of Holland and Gyllenhaal). It grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the first Spider-Man film to pass the billion-dollar mark, Sony Pictures' highest-grossing film ever, the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2019, and the 23rd-highest-grossing film. A sequel is scheduled for release on July 16, 2021.


5. Captain Marvel ($1,128,274,794)



Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.

Captain Marvel premiered in London on February 27, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on March 8. The film grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the first female-led superhero film to pass the billion-dollar mark. It ranks as the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2019, and became the ninth-highest-grossing superhero film and 22nd-highest-grossing film overall. The film received praise for the performances of the cast, particularly that of Larson. A sequel is in development.


6. Toy Story 4 ($1,073,394,593)



Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody's slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they're worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.

Toy Story 4 premiered on June 11, 2019, in Los Angeles, California, and was released in theatres in the United States on June 21, 2019, in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX. The film has grossed $1.073 billion worldwide, becoming the highest grossing installment of the franchise, the sixth highest-grossing film of 2019, the 31st highest-grossing film of all time, and the sixth highest grossing animated film of all time. Toy Story 4 received positive reviews for its story, humor, emotion, score, animation, and performances. At the 92nd Academy Awards, the film received nominations for two awards, including one for Best Animated Feature.


7. Joker ($1,069,147,201)



Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

Joker premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2019, where it won the Golden Lion, and was released in the United States on October 4, 2019. The film polarized critics; while Phoenix's performance, musical score, cinematography and production values were praised, the dark tone, portrayal of mental illness, and handling of violence divided responses.

Joker also generated concerns of inspiring real-world violence; the movie theater where the 2012 Aurora, Colorado mass shooting occurred during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises refused to show it. Despite this, the film became a major box office success, setting records for an October release. Joker has grossed over $1 billion, making it the first R-rated film to do so, the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2019, and the 32nd-highest-grossing film of all time.

Joker has received numerous accolades. At the 77th Golden Globe Awards, it won Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir and Best Actor – Drama for Phoenix. It also earned a leading 11 nominations at two ceremonies – the 73rd British Academy Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor for Phoenix; and the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Phoenix, and Best Director.


8. Aladdin ($1,050,693,953)



Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting her exotic palace, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that unleashes a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. As Aladdin and the genie start to become friends, they must soon embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer, Jafar, from overthrowing young Jasmine's kingdom.

Aladdin was theatrically released in the United States on May 24, 2019. It grossed $1 billion worldwide, becoming the eighth-highest-grossing film of 2019, and the 34th highest-grossing film of all-time during the theatrical run. The film received mixed reviews from critics; while the musical score, costumes and performances of Smith, Massoud and Scott were praised, criticisms were aimed at Ritchie's direction, the CGI effects, the deviations from the original film and Kenzari's performance as Jafar.


9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ($1,028,845,801)



When it's discovered that the evil Emperor Palpatine did not die at the hands of Darth Vader, the rebels must race against the clock to find out his whereabouts. Finn and Poe lead the Resistance to put a stop to the First Order's plans to form a new Empire, while Rey anticipates her inevitable confrontation with Kylo Ren.

The Rise of Skywalker had its world premiere in Los Angeles on December 16, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on December 20, 2019. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the acting, musical score and visual effects, but criticized the story, pacing, and perceived departures from the themes and story of The Last Jedi.

It has grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the ninth-highest-grossing film of 2019, and the 40th highest-grossing film of all time. The film received three nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound Editing, as well as three at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards (also Best Special Visual Effects, Best Original Music, and Best Sound).


10. Hobbs & Shaw ($758,910,100)



Brixton Lorr is a cybernetically enhanced soldier who possesses superhuman strength, a brilliant mind and a lethal pathogen that could wipe out half of the world's population. It's now up to hulking lawman Luke Hobbs and lawless operative Deckard Shaw to put aside their past differences and work together to prevent the seemingly indestructible Lorr from destroying humanity.

Hobbs & Shaw premiered at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on July 13, 2019, was theatrically released in the United States on August 2, 2019, and has grossed over $760 million worldwide, becoming the tenth highest-grossing film of 2019. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for the performances of Johnson, Statham and Kirby as well as its visual style and action choreography finesse, although criticism was aimed at its plot and runtime.

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