2018 was a crazy year at the box office. MCU movies like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War soared past expectation. Movies like Bohemian Rhapsody, Mary Poppins Returns, A Star is Born and Venom, were critically acclaimed, and Jason Momoa starring Aquaman became DCEU’s highest-grossing movie till date.
Meanwhile Solo, a highly anticipated Star Wars film bombed at the box office. Many anticipated movies are set to be released in 2019 as well. While some are sure to be massive hits, we doubt all of them can enjoy box office success. Witnessing trends and with a few educated guesses, today we bring you a list of movies which are likely to bomb at the Box Office in 2019.
Alita: Battle Angel
No movie has had "box-office bomb" written over it as clearly as Alita: Battle Angel. The cyberpunk action film based on a Yukito Kishiro's manga, Gunnm, is being produced by none other than James Cameron and by director Robert Rodriquez. Despite renowned director Cameron behind the project, adaptations of Japanese comics have never done well in Hollywood.
With its mammoth budget of over $200 million, the film cannot afford to have a mediocre opening weekend at the box office. Like all big-budget films, it will have to gross exceedingly well in both domestic and foreign markets to make a profit as well as cover the marketing and distributing expenses. The film might have to gross over $500 million to be considered a success, and that feat is easier said than done.
2018 was the year of Marvel. Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther collected $2 billion and $1.3 billion respectively. The MCU is not slowing down in 2019. With a hefty production budget of $150 million, a relatively unknown female comic book superhero is getting her own feature film with Captain Marvel.
Although all of Marvel Cinematic Universe films are guaranteed box-office hits, Captain Marvel might not make as much money to consider it a "marvelous" success.
This R-rated reboot of the Hellboy series is another movie with a disappointing trailer. Ron Perlman, who previously played the titular role of Hellboy refused to return. Academy Award-winning director Guillermo Del Toro refused the opportunity to direct as well. The reboot stars Stranger Things actor David Harbour as Hellboy.
Good news is the screenplay is being helmed by the original creator of the comic book, Mike Mignola. Due to the departure of an exceptional director and the lead actor of the two previous Hellboy films, we are skeptical until proven otherwise. It seems unlikely it will replicate the success of its earlier editions.
Yet another installment in Marvel’s X-Men film series, Dark Phoenix, chronicles the story of Jean Grey from her childhood to her time at Xavier's Academy for Gifted Youngsters. The movie features all original cast members and Sophie Turner reprising her role as Jean Grey. The biggest problem that this film has to overcome is the X-men franchise’s confusing timeline jumps that drag viewers across multiple plot lines in different periods of time.
Dark Phoenix might not be good enough to pull viewers from the bigger attractions of 2019 such as Avengers: Endgame and numerous television shows that will return this year.
Hobbs and Shaw
The upcoming action movie, Hobbs and Shaw, is based on two characters from the Fast and the Furious franchise, Luke Hobbs played by Dwayne Johnson and Deckard Shaw played by Jason Statham. This spin-off movie is being directed by David Leitch, director of Deadpool 2. Dwayne Johnson has become one of the most well paid and busy actors today; he is expected to carry the movie in the box office both domestically and abroad.
With the release of Skyscraper and Rampage, an over saturation of “The Rock” has plagued the action genre. We hope it’s a different, exciting, action movie but experience tells us otherwise. What do you think? Can the Rock and 'The Transporter' carry this film?
A character study of one of the most iconic DC villian and Batman’s archenemy, the Joker is getting his own story told. A significant reason to be excited about the movie is that actor Joaquin Phoenix will portray the ‘Clown Prince of Crime.’ However, with Suicide Squad’s Joker bringing such an iconic anti-hero to its lowest point, the fans are very anxious and uneasy about another Joker. The movie budget of $55 million is unusually low for a character of the DC franchise.
The last successful iteration of the Joker was in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, and Heath Ledger’s iconic Joker is a tough act to follow. The general audience might have a tough time digesting this new version of Joker.
The untitled Terminator 6 is being directed by Tim Miller with a screenplay written by none other than David S. Goyer, in what’s being called “the continuation of what the fans really wanted since T2.” With franchise ending travesties like Salvation and Genisys, fans are not hopeful about this new movie as well.
Based on a publicity still showcasing the film’s characters, it is difficult to vouch for this film, because we don’t even see a Terminator. Until they drop a trailer, fans are rightly apprehensive. Not even the overseas market can make this film profitable.
Sylvester Stallone is all set to take on the Mexican cartel in Rambo V: Last Blood, an homage to First Blood , which kick-started the whole franchise. Stallone wrote a script for Rambo V more in the nature of Unforgiven, No Country for Old Men and First Blood but the studio passed on that script in 2015. Now it seems we are going to get the same old Rambo movie with yet another group of generic bad guys only this time it is against the Mexican cartel and oh, there are also girls that need saving.
The last movie in the franchise, Rambo IV performed well at the box office and earned $113 million against its budget of $55 million. The new movie could very well draw older fans to the theaters to see Rambo’s final mission. However, it is unlikely to attract a new generation of fans.
Princess Elsa and Anna’s second outing is still months away but the hype fever has already set in. The 2013 original was a box office hit, garnering over $1.2 billion. For the sequel to rake in the sum is an enormous task and for a multimedia giant like Disney, anything less could be considered a box office failure.
Despite the odds stacked against it, Frozen 2 does have the potential to be another major hit as its target demographic includes young children that enjoy animated works immensely. Frozen 2’s success could be a decisive factor in Disney’s dream of making $10 billion in 2019.
Disclaimer: These are all predictions for the year 2019, we might be pleasantly surprised with box office performance of some of these movies or be disappointed with some movies we expect to do well.