2018 was a huge year for the movie business.
There were record-breaking figures domestically ($11.9 billion), thanks to the domination by Disney, which was responsible for an incredible 26% of the market share, as well as surprise hits throughout the year like “A Quiet Place” and “A Star Is Born.”
The international box office ($29.8 billion) also had a record year with big hitters like “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” proving their might, while movies like “Venom” and “Aquaman” showed they also had global appeal.
But here’s the thing – 2019 has the potential to be even bigger!
With the final chapters in the current “Star Wars” and “Avengers” sagas coming out this year, plus (takes a deep breath) “Toy Story 4,” “Captain Marvel,” “Aladdin,” “Lion King,” “Frozen 2,” a Quentin Tarantino movie (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), a Jordan Peele movie (“Us”), the first “Fast and Furious” spin-off (“Hobbs & Shaw”), Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, and Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers, on paper 2019 could be another record year.
Here are 43 movies you should definitely check out in 2019:
“Glass” — January 18
Following “Unbreakable” and “Split,” M. Night Shyamalan completes his unique comic book trilogy by bringing the characters (played by Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy) together to face off in one movie.
“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” — February 8
- Warner Bros.
Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) returns, along with many of the characters from the hit first movie, to face a new evil – Lego Duplo.
“Alita: Battle Angle” — February 13
A project that James Cameron was attached to for years (he’s still listed as one of the screenwriters), it has since been taken over by Robert Rodriguez, who will bring to life this beloved manga using some of the best CGI.
“Captain Marvel” — March 8
Brie Larson is the face of the first female Marvel superhero to get a standalone movie. Expect a lot of Skrull butt kicking.
“Us” — March 15
Jordan Peele follows up his Oscar-winning box-office smash “Get Out” with this trippy thriller starring Lupita Nyong’o.
“Dumbo” — March 29
We are getting a live-action Dumbo movie directed by Tim Burton. This is going to be interesting (and we’re all for it).
“Pet Sematary” — April 5
- Paramount Pictures
Along with “It: Chapter 2,” we’re getting another movie based on a Stephen King classic. This latest adaptation of “Pet Sematary” will be directed by the duo who made “Starry Eyes” (you might have caught that on Netflix). It’s another movie in 2019 you’ll be gripping your arm rest while watching.
“Shazam!” — April 5
- Warner Bros.
This will be the next movie to come out from the DC Comics Extended Universe following the global success of “Aquaman,” so it has some pretty big shoes to fill. But if the movie pulls off the fun “Big” vibe that trailer has (but this time with a kid in a superhero’s body), the DCEU might be looking at another hit.
“Hellboy” — April 12
David Harbour of “Stranger Things” fame takes the reins of the comic book legend with this reboot of the franchise.
“Avengers: Endgame” — April 26
The epic Marvel Cinematic Universe has been leading to this final chapter. (And then it’s off to make the next collection of titles in the franchise.)