Year 2019 has almost come to an end with Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker being the last major film. The film has underperformed in Pakistan like the previous Star Wars films. This year has seen massive results for English films as Hollywood has registered the biggest year ever in terms of gross business. It is the first time that an English language film has been the top grosser of the year.
2019’s gross of Hollywood films has seen a growth of over 45% compared to last year’s gross. Leading the way was Avengers: Endgame which became the first English film in the history to hit PKR 300 million mark. The film holds every possible opening record now with leaps and bounds. Second spot is taken by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham starrer Hobbs and Shaw. The film had released during dull period of pre-Eid period i.e. just 10 days prior to Eid ul Azha yet the film remained in cinemas for weeks and became only 6th English film in the history to top PKR 200 million in Pakistan.
Disney’s live action The Lion King is at third spot with massive box office collections. The film fell little shy of PKR 200 million but considering genre and target audience, these numbers are staggering. The Lion King is followed by Joker which is a runway hit of the year. The film has already become highest grossing dark thriller of all time in Pakistan. Below are top 5 highest grossing Hollywood films of 2019 in Pakistan.
- Avengers: Endgame
- Hobbs and Shaw
- The Lion King
2019 actually belonged to Disney as three out of top 5 films were Disney’s releases. Furthermore, around 50% of English film’s gross this year has come from Disney’s films. This was actually a record year for English films as the total gross was little short of PKR 2bn. The contribution of Hollywood films is more than Pakistani films which has happened for the first time in recent years.