This was the summer in which Disney
saw five films cross $1 billion worldwide. In North America, it’s also the summer in which fewer tickets will be sold than any year since 1992, a year when there were 90 million fewer Americans and Canadians.
How can so much moviegoing, and so many people, translate to a decline? Here’s a look at the strange and watershed summer of 2019.
Over 80% of the gross came from franchise and sequels
Summer totals for 2019 will be about $4.5 billion domestic, which is almost identical for the same period last year, when two original films were in the top 10: “Crazy Rich Asians
” at #7, and “The Meg
” at #9. This summer, the only original title is Quentin Tarantino
’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” at #10.
And of that $4.5 billion, Disney can claim about 50%. Certainly, the theater business would collapse if Disney didn’t do so well, or made