With June coming to a close shortly, we’ve nearly reached the halfway point of the year and box-office is not just down overall but the market share is now much less evenly divided than before.
According to Box-Office Mojo, Disney Pictures is easily dominating the market share, sucking up 34.1% of the overall domestic box-office. Add in their newly acquired 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight and that adds a further 4.9% to that amount – bringing them up to 39% of the overall box-office.
No-one else comes close with Warner Bros. Pictures and Universal Pictures fighting it out for second place with 15.8% and 15.5% respectively (that Universal figure including Focus Features). Further down comes Lionsgate at 7.2%, Sony Pictures (including FUNimation & SPC) at 6.5%, Paramount Pictures at 5.5%, STXFilms at 3.3%, and the MGM/United Artists/Annapurna block at 2.7%. These numbers don’t yet include last weekend’s business which has likely pushed up Disney’s totals even further thanks to “Toy Story 4”.
Even more impressive (or worrisome)? That 34% snagged by Disney was amassed from just five new films and three leftover 2018 titles still doing business in January/February. One of the new ones, Disneynature documentary Penguins, made so little ($7M) as to effectively not count with three titles – “Avengers: Endgame,” “Captain Marvel” and “Aladdin” – accounting for $1.5 billion of the year’s $5.1 billion overall total amassed up to the point of this report.
It’s not gloom and doom for others either as Warners at this point is up by 26% on last year at the same time. Disney has four more films on its schedule for 2019 – “The Lion King,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Frozen 2” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” with the “Maleficent” sequel the only one not guaranteed to be a billion-dollar global juggernaut.