Top 10 UK Box Office Movies of 2019 (So Far)
This article was originally published by Big Picture Film Club and written by Josh Greally.
It’s not been a bad year for the UK box office, with the total takings of 2019’s top 10 highest grossers (at time of writing) being approximately £388,967,274 (according to Box Office Mojo and google money converter). So today we are going to look at how the top 10 currently stands.
Which movies have earned the most in the UK so far? And what have critics and audiences had to say about them?
10. The Secret Life of Pets 2 – £19,570,258
The latest offering from Illumination managed to rake in the box office, despite a rather lukewarm reception.
Audience Reception: 90% – Rotten tomatoes / 6.6 – IMDb
Critical Reception: “A sequel that feels less necessary than willed into being, but that doesn’t mean it’s not pleasantly entertaining.”
9. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – £21,219,615
While the concluding How to Train Your Dragon movie wasn’t as successful for Dreamworks Animation as its predecessors at the box office, it continued to impress both audiences and critics in equal measure.
Audience Reception: 87% – Rotten Tomatoes / 7.6 – IMDb
Critical Reception: “Who would have thought that DreamWorks’ “How To Train Your Dragon” would end up as one of the best film trilogies out there?”
8. Rocketman – £23,572,360
This Elton John biopic followed in the footsteps of last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody to become a smash hit across the UK.
Audience Reception: 88% – Rotten Tomatoes / 7.6 – IMDb
Critical Reception: “Rocketman is an honest, heartfelt tribute to Elton John’s music and his public image.”
7. Dumbo (2019) – £26,964,177
The first of Disney’s live-action remakes this year left an odd taste in the mouths of cinemagoers. As despite its high takings, no one seemed overly enthused about it.
Audience Reception: 51% – Rotten Tomatoes / 6.4 – IMDb
Critical Reception: “The problem with this latest entry in Disney’s ever-expanding range of recycled classics isn’t that it hews too close to the studio’s original animated masterpiece, but that its many departures only muddle the original’s nursery-rhyme simplicity.”
6. Spider-Man: Far From Home – £31,524,501
The most recent film in the ever dominant MCU, like many of its predecessors, deftly managed to please both audiences and critics.
Audience Reception: 95% – Rotten Tomatoes / 7.9 – IMDb
Critical Reception: “It’s not quite the home-run of Homecoming, but Far From Home isn’t far from matching it, with heaps of humour, energetic action, and the answers Endgame left you craving.”
5. Aladdin (2019) – £37,496,448
Unlike Dumbo, Aladdin did managed to please audiences. Critics, however, were very mixed.
Audience Reception: 94% – Rotten Tomatoes / 7.4 – IMDb
Critical Reception: “Another lavish and largely entertaining Disney re-do, with strong turns from Massoud and Scott. But…Smith’s genie performance feels disappointingly constrained — both by overdependence on the original and some ghastly CGI.”
4. The Lion King (2019) – £37,816,339
The latest Disney remake has, in only 2 weeks, already proven to be Disney’s most successful solo developed project in the UK. It also managed to capture the love of the general public.
Audience Reception: 88% – Rotten Tomatoes / 7.2 – IMDb
Critical Reception: “Unfolding like the world’s longest and least convincing deepfake, the new “Lion King” fatally misunderstands what once made Disney special.”
3. Captain Marvel – £42,632,688
Despite its divided reception by both audiences and critics, Captain Marvel continued to prove the power of the MCU’s marquee value.
Audience Reception: 55% – Rotten Tomatoes / 7.0 – IMDb
Critical Reception: “Captain Marvel is … a solid enough movie, but it suffers from an overbearing need for its agenda to be pushed – had it been handled with a little more care, it could have been fantastic.”
2. Toy Story 4 – £53,611,537
9 years after Toy Story 3, Toy Story 4 finally made it to cinemas. It continued the high standards set by the original Toy Story films, opening to almost unanimous praise across the board.
Audience Reception: 94% on Rotten Tomatoes / 8.2 – IMDb (#170 on IMDb’s top 250 films)
Critical Reception: “This franchise has demonstrated an impressive ability to beat the odds and reinvent itself…It’s a toy store of ideas, with new wonders in every aisle.”
1. Avengers: Endgame – £94,559,351
Lastly, we come to the highest-grossing movie of the year (and of all time). After over a decade of build-up, the MCU finally culminated with a fond farewell that pleased almost everyone.
Audience Reception: 91% – Rotten Tomatoes / 8.7 – IMDb (#24 0n IMDb’s top 250 films).
Critics Reception: “Avengers: Endgame is all that you hope it’ll be and a bag of chips. The Russo brothers hit all the right notes from start to finish, and the ending in particular is thoroughly satisfying.”
So ends the UK box office top 10 of the year so far…
With big releases like IT: Chapter 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker coming up, this year’s top 10 may even beat last year’s top 10 gross (approximately £523,006,040). We’ll just have to wait and see.
Written by Josh Greally
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