As the year heads to a close, the genre landscape of 2019 is already beginning to come into focus. Of course, it’s not what is being released for fans - we’ve known studios’ release schedules for a long time - it’s how much the fans care about what’s being released. And with ticketing services and movie databases already parsing the numbers in order to figure out what movies will top 2019, the list of films moviegoers are looking forward to is solidifying.
Some of this is common sense; some of it is the addition of Atom Tickets’ ranking to the collected ideas of all the “most anticipated” lists. Of its top ten, all are genre fare:
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Toy Story 4
The Lion King
Star Wars: Episode IX
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Those that crossed over from the IMDb and Fandango lists are Marvel’s heavy-hitters (Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, X-Men: Dark Phoenix) and two long-coming throwbacks (Glass, Aladdin). The other half of these movies - including films as big as Star Wars: Episode IX, Toy Story 4, and Spider-Man: Far From Home - were missing from one or more of these lists, casting at least a shred of doubt towards their certification as a rock-solid cinematic investment.
Unlike its fellow surveyors, the Lionsgate, Disney, and Fox-backed Atom dug a little deeper to offer up more specific categories...which still mostly featured Endgame at the top. The only that didn’t were those that it couldn’t qualify for, like horror. It’s here that some outliers from the list showed up, like It: Chapter 2 and Pet Sematary, but overall Atom Tickets saw the box office battle between “Dwayne Johnson, Lupita Nyong’o, The Avengers, and Star Wars” as “epic, and the 2019 slate looks great overall,” Atom Tickets chairman and co-founder Matthew Bakal wrote in a release.
While extrapolating a small survey sample size’s preferences to the U.S.’s box office at large is an inexact science at best, finding the movies at the center of these Venn diagrams could help you win your next office pool or understand a bit more (if you don’t already) when the hype train enters the station for Captain Marvel. Or, perhaps, when a movie that seems to have everything going for it, disappoints when it’s finally released. Only time will tell for sure, but 2019 will certainly be a competitive year for film.