What have been the biggest moneymaking movies of 2019 so far? Recently – and not surprisingly – Avengers: Endgame has been smashing box office records, and unseated Captain Marvel as the highest-grossing movie of 2019. When all of the numbers are tallied for 2019, it will likely be one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, too! Watch out, Titanic…you’re about to run into an iceberg with a whole lot of superheroes on top of it! Avatar? Well, you KNEW lasting box office supremacy would be…unobtainable, wouldn’t it (see what I did there)?
Pokemon Detective Pikachu had a solid opening weekend (record high for a video game adaptation), grossing more than $50 million. Why does this movie make me think of Deadpool for kids? Hmmm… Deadpool without the profanity? That makes sense!
Thor in Avengers: Endgame. Why oh why did you get your hair cut, Thor? I’m sure this question is answered in one of your movies, but still…!
Speaking of surprising…WTF – they’re STILL making Madea movies? Apparently, it’s a pretty big franchise! Did you know the list of movies Tyler Perry has appeared in that he didn’t also direct, write or produce is… quite short? Star Trek (2009), Alex Cross, 2012; Gone Girl, 2014; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, 2016; Brain on Fire, 2016; The Star, 2017; and Vice, 2018. A new restaurant opened in our ‘hood recently called “Madea’s Kitchen.” I’ve said I’ll only buy anything from them if the proprietor dresses like Tyler Perry in drag as pictured below:
Tyler Perry’s “Madea” character laughing all of the way to the box office (Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral grossed $67.3M as of the end of March 2019).
Here’s a list of Madea movies as of 2019:
- Madea’s Family Reunion, 2006
- Madea Goes to Jail, 2009
- Madea’s Big Happy Family, 2011
- Madea’s Witness Protection, 2012
- A Madea Christmas, 2013
- Madea’s Tough Love, 2015
- Boo! A Madea Halloween, 2016
- A Madea Family Funeral, 2019
One of the most recent movies I saw in theaters was Shazam, which I really enjoyed! Ever wonder what a 14-year-old kid would be like if he suddenly got superpowers he could barely handle? Watch the movie and find out!
Jack Dylan Grazer and Zachary Levi in Shazam!
D.C. movies have a reputation for being a bit…dark compared to some of the more lighthearted MCU movies. However, Shazam! departed from the herd by making a movie that incorporated quite a lot of humor! I especially liked when Billy Batson meets “The Wizard,” who implores him to “Touch my staff.” Billy’s response was hilarious – “Gross.” Slight bit of sexual innuendo there!
Mark Strong as the villainous Frank D’Amico in Kick-Ass. He also plays Dr. Thaddeus Sivana in Shazam!
For inquiring minds, the letters in SHAZAM stand for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury. That just might be a trivia question!
Now how about those top grossing movies from 2019?
Top Grossing Movies Domestic Box Office (2019)
Note: I am only listing movies that have grossed more than $50 million at the U.S. box office
Editor’s note: Box office numbers are taken from the Box Office Mojo web site…
- Avengers: Endgame,$785.5M
- Captain Marvel, $425.5M
- Us, $174.7M
- How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, $160.4M
- Shazam!, $138.3M
- Dumbo, $111.9M
- Glass, $111.0M
- The Upside, $108.2M
- Pokemon Detective Pikachu, $106.3M
- The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, $105.8M
- Alita: Battle Angel, $85.7M
- John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, $83.2M
- Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, $73.2M
- Escape Room, $57.0M
- What Men Want, $54.6M
- Pet Sematary (2019), $54.5M
- The Curse of La Llarona, $53.0M