Monday Movie Report: Early predictions for 2019 box office

Marvel has to be happy about this news.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the company Atom Tickets has ranked “Avengers: Endgame” as the most anticipated movie of 2019. Deadline reports that the social movie ticketing app conducted a survey which found the fourth “Avengers,” “Captain Marvel,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and “Toy Story 4” as the films audiences are most excited for.

Deadline additionally reports that the data from Atom Tickets follows a forecast last week conducted by the tickets company Fandango. That forecast also found the fourth “Avengers” installment to be in front.

Behind those four earlier mentioned, Atom’s research found the following movies to also be highly anticipated, according to Deadline:

  • “The Lion King.”
  • “Star Wars: Episode IX.”
  • “Aladdin.”
  • “X-Men: Dark Phoenix.”
  • “Glass.”
  • Untitled “Jumanji” sequel.

Movies included in the top 10 list from Atom set for release in the next few months are “Glass” on Jan. 18 and “Captain Marvel” on March 8.

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The final 2018 box office closed with another super hero movie leading the pack. In its second weekend, “Aquaman” grossed more than $52 million, coming in well ahead of second place finisher “Mary Poppins Returns,” which earned $28.3 million. Other movies hanging around were “Bumblebee” with $20 million and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” with $18 million.

The full top five this weekend was:
1. Aquaman – $52,140,000
2. Mary Poppins Returns – $28,353,117
3. Bumblebee – $20,900,000
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – $18,820,000
5. The Mule – $12,165,000

The box office might not change all that much next weekend, as the only major release is a horror movie titled “Escape Room” which has very little buzz.

Meanwhile, on the small screen, home releases available this week include:

  • White Boy Rick, my rating: 2.75 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.7 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 60%.
  • Night School, my rating: 1 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 28%.
  • Bad Times at the El Royale, my rating: 2.25 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.25 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 74%.
  • A.X.L., Rotten Tomatoes rating: 25%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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