2019 box office breaks global record at $42.5 billion: Comscore
- The 2019 box office hit some major milestones, according to Comscore.
- The global box office for the year finished at $42.5 billion, an all-time high.
- At the international (non-US) box office, the closing figure was $31.1 billion, also an all-time high.
- North America finished strong thanks to “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and “Jumanji: The Next Level” and had a $11.4 billion total. That’s the second-biggest year ever and the fifth-straight year it has surpassed $11 billion.
- With no “Avengers” or “Star Wars” releases coming out in 2020, the box office totals for the year may not be as strong as what happened in 2019.
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Thanks to a strong push to the finish line, the 2019 box office ended up with an impressive take, according to Comscore.
The third-party media and analytics company reported on Friday that the global box office ended up with a $42.5 billion total, an all-time high. The international (non-US) box office also had an all-time best, bringing in $31.1 billion.
The North American box office also turned out to have a big year, finishing with a $11.4 billion take, the second-biggest year ever and the fifth-straight year it has surpassed the $11 billion mark.
A big help to the North American total was the performance by December releases like “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” “Jumanji: The Next Level,” and award-season titles overperforming like Sony’s “Little Women” and A24’s “Uncut Gems.” It led to the deficit from 2018’s record-breaking take of $11.8 billion going from 11% at the end of April to just 4% for the full year.
The totals proved the strength of the 2019 slate for the entire year, but going forward there could be cause for concern.
With no “Avengers” or “Star Wars” titles coming out in 2020, this year is lacking the number of event pictures compared to the last two years.