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Disney Achieves Highest-Grossing Year…And it’s Only July

Disney fans have become numb to the studio reaching milestone after milestone. As Disney continues to grow, develop and produce, it becomes hard to remember that other studios even exist!

With a grossing of $7.67 billion at the box office so far this year, Disney has surpassed the previous record of $7.61 billion in 2016 (also set by Disney…of course).

 

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Disney beat itself at its own game largely due to the release of Avengers: Endgame, which premiered on April 22 and has since become the highest grossing movie of all time, surpassing Avatar, never mind other hits such as Aladdin and Captain Marvel.

 

 

With more recent releases, such The Lion King and Toy Story 4, that $7.67 billion will surely continue to grow and grow, and we still have five month left this year!

 

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Disney still has highly anticipated films set to release in the coming months of 2019: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in October, Frozen 2 in November and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December. Surely, Disney executives are on the edge of their seats to see the final record breaking number at the end of 2019…

 

 

…just so they can break it once again in 2020.

 

 

 

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Returning to Theaters with New Footage

Avengers: Endgame has earned a global box office total of $2,742,491,359. Avatar currently holds the #1 global box office record of $2,787,965,087, keeping its lead by a hairsbreadth (as far as Hollywood earnings go). However, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige is about to close the gap for good.

 

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Gizmodo reports that while promoting Spider-Man: Far From Home, Feige confirmed that not only will Endgame be re-released really soon, but it’ll also feature additional scenes and footage. According to Gizmodo, the film will be:

 

Not an extended cut, but there will be a version going into theaters with a bit of a marketing push with a few new things at the end of the movie. If you stay and watch the movie, after the credits, there’ll be a deleted scene, a little tribute, and a few surprises. Which will be next weekend.

 

 

An official announcement with further details has yet to be made, but Marvel had me at “a few new things.” It goes without saying that Endgame‘s lack of post-credits scenes was appropriate, but it was also a bittersweet change of pace, so this re-release is a welcome one for the sake of a more familiar experience.

 

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Is this all box office cheating? Not in the context of competing with Avatar it isn’t. Avatar’s high earnings were arguably owed to the movie being marketed as one of the first blockbusters to be presented in 3D—that there is cheating—but I still love your films, James Cameron.

And at the end of the day, Disney wins anyway, given that the growing film dynasty owns 20th Century Fox, which also grants them ownership of Avatar. And Disney can take even more of my money if it means seeing extra Endgame footage on the big screen.

 

 

 

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Out-Earns ‘Titanic,’ James Cameron Congratulates Marvel

Avengers: Endgame has smashed box office records since its debut, and hasn’t stopped since. One of the film’s most significant accomplishments was passing $2 billion in global box office revenue in two short weeks. It now joins the same high-earning club as Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Titanicand Avatar.

 

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James Cameron directed these latter two films, previously the two highest-grossing movies of all time. When Endgame crossed the $2 billion mark, it broke Cameron’s monopoly on the top two spots to become the second-highest-grossing film of all time. It is now less than 500 million away from surpassing Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time. Even if its doesn’t hit that mark, there’s no reason to downplay the massive success the film has already achieved: Titanicreleased in 1997, had maintained its record for two decades before Avengers: EndgameWhile Avatar is a more recent film, its earnings are impressive… but, of course, Avengers: Endgame already beat its opening weekend.

After passing Titanic, James Cameron tweeted his congratulations to Marvel Studios on the success of the film:

 

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This isn’t the first time studios congratulated others on a successful weekend. Star Wars did the same with Marvel Studios when Infinity War broke the record back in 2015.

 

Will James Cameron have to make another tweet if Endgame passes Avatar? Most likely.

 

 

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Disney Officially Owns X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool!

Its official: Disney and Fox have finalized their merger. According to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday morning at 12:02 AM, Disney has completed its over seventy-three-billion-dollar acquisition of Fox’s assets. These include: Fox’s TV and film studios, National Geographic, Indian TV network Star India, and Fox’s thirty-percent stake in Hulu. Meanwhile, a new division of Fox called Fox Corp will operate independently and continue to broadcast Fox News.

Mickey Mouse stands surrounded by characters the Disney Corp. now owns, such as Iron Man, Deadpool, Wolverine, and one of the blue cat people from Avatar.

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Well known properties/franchises that Disney now own include: X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Alien,and Die Hard. This a massive slate of properties added to Disney’s already impressive catalogue, considering they also own Lucasfilm and Marvel. It is estimated that with this acquisition, Disney will become the most powerful studio in the world, as its films will dominate the box office for the years to come. In a good year, Disney might dominate well over half of grosses and own over thirty-percent of total market share. This is staggering to think about, without even factoring in how this will change our streaming and television choices, especially with Disney+ on the way.

Still, it is exciting to think about potential crossover material, such as Deadpool meeting The Avengers or Wolverine appearing to help fight a threat such as Thanos. But it remains to be seen how this will affect films in general going forward, especially given Disney’s dominance of the genre now. We’ll keep our eyes out, but this is a very exciting and nerve-wracking deal. Earth-shattering, even.

 

 

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Avatar: The Last Airbender Returns with TWO New Novels

Avatar: The Last Airbender is coming back, but a new Avatar is set to take the stage! 

 

Entertainment Weekly broke the news today that Nickelodeon will be teaming up with Abrams Children’s Book to publish a new YA series which is set in the Avatar universe, however, it won’t be centralized around the major characters from the original series. Rather, the two-part book deal will focus on Avatar Kyoshi.

 

 

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Kyoshi was introduced in the television series but audiences aren’t as familiar with her as they are with the central characters. The series touched on the fact that she is the longest-living human Avatar in history and was born in the Earth Kingdom. Reintroducing her character will offer a clean slate to draw upon and a new string of entertaining tales for audiences. 

 

The series will be split into two books, with the first book, The Rise of Kyoshi, set to dive into Avatar Kyoshi’s rise as the founder of the Kyoshi Warriors and her subsequent demise later on in her life.  

 

According to EW, Michael Dante DiMartino, the co-creator and executive producer of Avatar: The Last Airbender, will act as a consultant in the writing process. F.C. Yee, author of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, is slated to write the series. 

 

The Rise of Kyoshi will be published in July 2019.

 

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