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Chrissy Teigen Got Hit in the Face by an Umbrella on Live TV, and Obviously It Became a Meme

Umbrellas can be a tricky accessory: You always need to have your eyes on them, so as to not accidentally leave it behind at any restaurant/coffee shop/store you pop into; and you need to be hyper-vigilant about how much space it takes up when they’re open, so as to not pose a threat to innocent bystanders. No one learned this latter lesson more painfully than Leslie Jones and Chrissy Teigen during NBC’s New Year’s Eve live broadcast from Times Square. In front of rolling cameras, the two got to bond over an incident involving a badly behaved, very intrusive umbrella—which, of course, turned into 2019’s first great meme.

It all went down on Monday night in New York. As the ball dropped at midnight, Jones, Teigen, and Carson Daly—the hosts of NBC’s holiday program—shared happy hugs to mark the new year. Because of the rainy weather, they were equipped with clear umbrellas. Unfortunately, as Jones went in for an embrace, her umbrella bashed Teigen squarely in the face, prompting a classically hilarious Chrissy Reaction Shot™️.

Watch the moment here…

The incident prompted plenty of hilarious tweets from all parties involved, as well as fans watching from home. Jones apologized to Teigen via a cute tweet—which Teigen responded to in kind.

“Ugh I can’t believe I hit @chrissyteigen in face!! Lordt!! I love you boo!! So sorry!! #thatswhyihateumbrellas,” Jones wrote.

“EYE’M FINE BABY I hug too hard what can I say ❤️❤️❤️,” Teigen replied.

Teigen also reassured concerned fans that the umbrella left her unharmed.

Of course, Twitter users were quick to meme-ify the moment, framing it as a not-super-auspicious way for 2019 to kick off.

Others laid down the absolute truth.

Teigen, true to form, hopped back online on New Year’s Day to give everyone an update.

In short, Happy New Year to everyone except umbrellas.

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New Captain Marvel TV Spot Focuses On Carol Danvers’ Origin

The calendar has just turned to 2019 and that means we’re one step closer to the next chapter in the MCU, Captain Marvel. From what we have seen from the trailers so far, it is clear that Carol Danvers will be searching her past to find out who she is. A new TV spot for the Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck-directed film emphasizes how important that is by focusing on Carol Danvers’ origin. Take a look:

In the beginning of this TV spot we hear Annette Bening’s character reminding Carol that the Kree saved her life and gave it purpose. It is very indoctrinatory in nature and shows that Captain Marvel was in part made into what she is and has had little reason to question things or look behind her.

Something, presumably her arrival on Earth, changes that, and we hear her say, “Something in my past is the key to all of this.” This film is already set in the past (1995, to be precise), and it will see Carol going back further on a journey of self-discovery to try and find out who she is. There is definitely a lot of mystery at play here.

The focus on Carol Danvers’ origin and the “key” line indicates that some aspect of how Carol Danvers got her powers and the events that led her to where she is now as a Kree warrior on the Starforce will have important implications in the larger conflict Earth finds itself in the middle of, and it will likely be hugely meaningful to Carol herself.

What that secret is, we do not know for sure. Marvel recently made a change to Captain Marvel’s origin in the comics, making her half-Kree and the explosion that gave her her powers simply awakening that part of her DNA. That provided evidence for the theory that Annette Bening’s character is Carol’s mother and the first Captain Marvel. If true we don’t know what if this Carol might know and why her memory has been erased.

Of course, some think Annette Bening is playing the Kree Supreme Intelligence, and it was also seemingly confirmed that Jude Law is playing Mar-Vell and not Yon-Rogg. So it’s all a bit of a mystery, and like Carol Danvers or Vers herself, we have a lot of questions.

Whatever the answer hidden in Carol’s past is, the quest to find it will drive her story in the film and presumably cause her to take a new path afterwards.

We have heard that Captain Marvel won’t be an origin story, at least not in the traditional sense, because when we meet Brie Larson’s character, she already has her powers. But it is clear from everything we’ve seen so far that in many ways, the origin is the story.

An Early Draft Of Aquaman Was Pretty Political, According To James Wan

We’re going to get into some pretty minor spoilers in this Aquaman piece, so if you haven’t caught the flick yet, you have been warned.

Aquaman has a lot of interesting themes you wouldn’t necessarily have expected to see in a comic book movie, including ocean environmental concerns involving trash and other human interactions. Now, director James Wan has revealed an early draft of the recently-released DC film was also far more political than what we got. Speaking about Orm and Atlantis in a recent interview, Wan said:

Per the director, the movie was able to get political without the politics of Atlantis taking precedence over the quest-oriented journey that Aquaman and Mera are on. If you have seen Aquaman already, you should know the wall does play an important role in Arthur Curry and Mera’s escape after Aquaman challenged Orm.

The Atlanteans keep challengers out through a complex wall system involving guns that can take out foes, although its unclear exactly how many foes would even dare challenge the Atlanteans. Orm in particular has a very political focus. He wants to become Ocean Master, but it’s all in service of his bigger vision of how the world underwater and above water should work.

According to the LA Times, Aquaman‘s Patrick Wilson, who plays Orm, also touched on politics and how they do somewhat come into play in the final draft of the movie, noting that comics and politics have always intertwined in some ways. He said,

Patrick Wilson also mentioned the movie never tries to “get on a soapbox” and that’s part of the reason why the final draft of Aquaman works so well.

James Wan ultimately wanted to make a fantasy movie and build a whole world with only slim connections to the world we know. He got to do that with Aquaman and audiences are responding. At the time of this writing, the movie has made over $751 million worldwide and the movie has only been out for a few short weekends.

Ultimately, it’s hard to know exactly what the first draft of the flick looked like, but given Aquaman‘s success, whatever tweaks James Wan and co. made seem to have worked out just fine.

Heads Up, My Mom Walked Out Of Holmes And Watson

I have not seen Holmes and Watson, but heads up, it’s probably an all-time terrible movie. Not because over ninety percent of the reviews are negative. Not because Netflix allegedly refused to buy the rights after seeing the movie. Not because the audience reaction is terrible. No, I can discard all troubling evidence about a movie by using suspect logic and lame excuses. I often will too if I liked the preview, still want to see it and don’t feel like admitting I’m wrong. No, I am convinced with absolute certainty Holmes And Watson must be terrible because my mother walked out of it.

My mother loves going to the movies. If I had to fire off a quick top five of things she loves, I would say, in no particular order: her church, The Great British Bakeoff, telling me stories about drama in her condo building, restaurants with “good spaces” and going to the movies. She just loves it. She’ll go alone. She’ll go with her friends. She’ll go with my wife and I if we’re in town, and on rare occasions, she’ll go with my father who maybe can be dragged to the theater twice on a good year.

A couple days ago was one of those rare occasions. He consented to see Vice, on account of there being some politics in there, but my mom’s sister (or aunt, if you prefer) called as they were getting ready to leave, one thing led to another and they missed the showing. Not wanting to blow a movie opportunity, she asked my dad if he would see something else. He agreed, and as luck would have it, Holmes and Watson lined up at the perfect time.

Here’s a quick list of things I know about what happened next…

Now, I don’t want what I’m about to say to come off as a commentary on my mother’s likes and dislikes. She’s (usually) a classy person with (pretty) good taste, but she’s also easily pleased, especially when she’s at the movies. She just loves the experience of going so much that she typically has something positive to say about almost everything. A good rule of thumb is to subtract 1.5 stars from whatever her score is. If she tells me a movie was “a lot of fun“, I assume it’s a perfectly fine movie that is average in almost every single way. So, where does that leave a movie she walked out of? Yiiiiiiiiiiiiikes.

And let’s not forget about my dad’s involvement here. That’s a key factor too. I feel like everyone’s dad has a thing they almost never do, to the point where it’s family gossip when it does happen. Wait, dad says he’s cooking tonight? That kinda thing. Well, my father’s thing like that is going to the movies. It’s a shock every single time it happens. So, for my mom to convince him to go the movies and then bail 30 to 35 minutes in because Holmes and Watson is that bad? Yiiiiiiiiiiiiikes.

If you want to go see Holmes and Watson, you should go see Holmes and Watson. You are a human being capable of rational thought and making your own decisions. I would never take that away from you, but if you’re the type of person who observes and notes warning signs, my mom walking out of a movie is the most warning sign that’s ever warning signed. It’s a flashing, neon-colored alert, bellowing at the top of its lungs to stay away. So, I will.

Taylor Swift Threw a Truly Epic New Year’s Eve Costume Party

If Taylor Swift’s Instagram has taught us anything, it’s that the girl knows how to host a party. She’s stolen the show on the Fourth of July in past years thanks to her red-white-and-blue blowouts and hosted what looks like a bomb AMAs afterparty back in October—but now, it seems, she’s upped her party game to throwing truly great New Year’s Eve celebrations, too.

She and her squad offered fans a glimpse via Instagram at the creative way she rang in the New Year: Swift had friends like Blake Lively and Gigi Hadid come over dressed as their childhood superheroes. Lively went for her best Dorothy Gale gingham; Hadid gave us Mary Poppins realness; and Swift showed off an under-the-sea Little Mermaid getup, complete with a bright red wig and a shiny green tail. The party also featured Ms. Frizzle (remember the Magic School Bus series?), Frida Kahlo, Audrey Hepburn, and Cinderella.

“Mary Poppins, Audrey, Ariel, Ms. Frizzle, Cinderella, Gwen, Mr. Toad, Avril, Nancy Drew, Posh Spice, Rizzo, Frida Kahlo, Steve Irwin, Dorothy.. This new year we decided to dress up as our childhood heroes. Sending you all love and hope going into 2019,” Taylor wrote on Instagram. She posted several shots from the bash, including one of the guests in their getups and one of her sharing a drink with Ryan Reynolds.

Stylist Mimi Cuttrell also posted a picture of Hadid in her excellent Mary Poppins costume.

Swift closed out 2018 by dropping a concert special from her Reputation tour on Netflix. She released a trailer for the film earlier this month, writing on social media, “You made this tour so insanely fun for all of us on stage, and I’m really excited that we will have this memento of the memories we all made together this year.”

And it seems like a casual screening of the doc was in the party plans last night, too: Gigi Hadid posted an Instagram Story showing a brief, slightly blurry moment from the Netflix special.

All of this came after Taylor had a headline-making 2018: She spoke up politically and got active in Tennessee for the first time since critics began urging her not to stay silent in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. But she seemed to be kissing a long year goodbye with this party—and has hinted that she has plenty in store, including new music, in 2019.

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Another Back To The Future Movie? Here’s What Robert Zemeckis Now Says

If you are a Back To The Future fan, you may already know that Robert Zemeckis has not been pushing another sequel in the popular franchise. However, recently Back To The Future won a poll topping other films people want to see more of. So, has Robert Zemeckis changed his mind about a fourth film? Here’s what he said:

Yahoo caught up with Robert Zemeckis ahead of his new film Welcome to Marwen and asked the director whether or not he was still “adamantly against” another movie, to which he responded “Oh god yes.” He then extrapolated out about the poll in question, explaining what he thought fans meant when many said they would like to see another Back To The Future franchise film.

Even though the fans really did say they would be happy to see more from Doc Brown, Marty McFly and more, it’s unlikely to ever happen. We can’t just hang it all on Robert Zemeckis’ lack of want either. Previously, producer Frank Marshall has said he’s out on a reboot, noting,

In addition, both Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale wrote into their contracts that they would have a say in any Back to the Future franchise movie made during their lifetimes. So, given their word on the matter I would count it out — even if a remake or sequel would be a success.

And it sounds like it would be. The THR poll conducted earlier this year looked at popular series and asked questions about remakes and sequels, finding that 41% of people were “very likely” to watch a new Back to the Future franchise flick. An additional 30% said they were “somewhat likely” to watch.

These numbers were higher than other franchises listed, including the Chronicles of Narnia movies, The Die Hard movies and even the Avatar franchise—a franchise we actually know has more movies in the works.

So, if you are one of the people who would like to see what happened after the events in Back To The Future Part III, alas, you may have to use your imagination or go to fanfiction for help.

In the meantime, you can take a look at what Robert Zemeckis has been up to with Welcome to Marwen, which comes complete with a Back to the Future reference, in theaters now.

Dwayne Johnson Has The Best Response To Winning A Razzie

Dwayne Johnson is a busy guy between his myriad movie and TV projects. Even though he’s made a lot of winners over the years, he recently revealed he is a good sport about the bad projects he has been a part of, too. After his Razzie Award for Baywatch showed up earlier this week, Dwayne Johnson shared it with his fans, noting:

On the bright side, Mr. Johnson, at least Disney took care to give you a large and impressive plaque for Moana that juxtaposes nicely next to that tiny Razzie Award.

In the scheme of Razzie Awards, the one Baywatch nabbed is not so bad. Last year, for the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards, those behind the production created “The Razzie Nominee So Rotten You Loved It” award, which is the one Baywatch one. The award was given out after fan votes.

In fact, Dwayne Johnson is in good company with his Razzie Award for Baywatch. A lot of Oscar winners have also won Razzies, including people like Sandra Bullock, Eddie Redmayne, Kevin Costner, Halle Berry, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Eddie Murphy even won a “Worst of the Decade” award once. Really, Dwayne Johnson and his Baywatch co-stars, including Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario, are in good company. That year’s other Razzie Awards went to the likes of The Emoji Movie and Fifty Shades Darker, in case you were interested.

Although Dwayne Johnson officially won the Razzie, 2017 was still a good year for the actor, thanks to — especially — Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, although he had several other projects that made money. 2018 has also been pretty kind to Dwayne Johnson.

In fact, the actor made the list of highest-grossing actors in 2018 (although he was beat out by the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Cruise and others to the top spots). He was also among the highest paid actors of 2018, according to Forbes’ annual list. Allegedly, he brought in over $124 million dollars last year. No wonder he could buy his mother a new house for the holidays.

Next year, he has Fighting with my Family, Hobbs and Shaw, and Jumanji 3 coming, so we anticipate a repeat of the last couple of years. You can take a look at all of the projects Dwayne Johnson has coming up with our full guide.

Of course, if you are more interested in all of the movies coming out next year, we have you covered too.

Lady Gaga’s ‘Enigma’ Is Incredible, But It’s the Crowd That Really Amazed Me

“Are you going to see Lady Gaga?” an older, burlier man with his wife asked me as we both waited for tables at Bavette’s Steakhouse, located inside Las Vegas’ Park MGM resort on New Year’s Eve. It’s pretty obvious why he thought this: My face was covered in glitter and my T-shirt had a big “GAGA” in frenetic rainbow lettering on the front. My two friends, close behind, were dressed in similar garb. “Yes,” I replied sheepishly, as I mentally prepared for this guy to say something dismissive, rude, or even homophobic. Memories of guys in South Carolina (where I grew up) making funny faces at me for wearing a Britney Spears or Gaga T-shirt to the grocery store came rushing back. Suddenly dousing all that glitter on my face felt like a stupid idea.

After all, I wasn’t at just any Lady Gaga show; I was in Las Vegas to see Enigma, Gaga’s new residency at Park MGM’s Park Theater. (Which, full disclosure, I was provided a comped ticket for by MGM Resorts.) Sure, hundreds of Little Monsters like myself and my friends were there—decked out in glitter and caution tape and all the works—but we didn’t feel like the majority. Throughout our time at the resort, my friends and I saw mostly straight couples—the kind of people we assumed came to Vegas for a fun trip, saw that Gaga was playing, and bought a ticket on a whim. I worried that some of them, including the man at Bavette’s, wouldn’t understand us die-hard fans and our passion.

But those feelings quickly evaporated as soon as the man replied with a smile, “Us too—we love her! You guys look great. Have fun.”

"LADY GAGA ENIGMA" Performs At Park MGM Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

PHOTO: Getty Images

It was the type of light, progressive reply I never expect to hear from straight men. I have great male allies in my life, but when I talk about my love for Gaga, Britney, or Madonna in non-queer settings I’m often met with eye-rolls or patronizing comments. This man’s breeziness set the tone for the actual concert: My friend and I were the only people in our section of the Park Theater dressed like true Little Monsters, but we were met with enthusiasm and celebration from all.

Another friend who attended the show the night before experienced something similar: The couple next to him made it their mission to make sure he felt free and comfortable enough to let loose. If Lady Gaga’s career goal is to unite people who are different—queer folks with straight ones, transgender individuals with cisgender ones, older people with younger—then Enigma is proof she’s succeeded. Everyone in that auditorium just got it, and it was so exciting to see.

And, of course, it was exciting to see the actual show, which is a spectacle of fantastic proportions. For Enigma, Gaga hangs up her stripped-down Joanne aesthetic and harkens back to Fame Monster flamboyance. She gives us Pyrotechnics! Choreography! Costumes! Technology! Everything fans loved about Gaga tours like The Monster Ball and ArtRave is there, but with a glossy, more polished finish. She performs every hit you want to hear (“Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Bad Romance”) and even throws in a few deep cuts for the super fans. This all was augmented by the energy of the crowd, a melting pot of music lovers, mega-fans, and even people who are just excited to watch the mega-fans. In short, the person next to you may not know the words to “Government Hooker,” but they’re down to learn them.

"LADY GAGA ENIGMA" Performs At Park MGM Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

PHOTO: Getty Images

This, to me, was the most thrilling part of Enigma. It’s one thing to connect with fellow Lady Gaga fans, but to see so many people from so many walks of life enjoy themselves is something else entirely. Why it took this long to happen is a mystery. Maybe Gaga’s performance in A Star Is Born converted people who had otherwise (wrongly) written her off. Maybe Joanne and Gaga’s work with Tony Bennett expanded her audience. Maybe everyone in that theater was just drunk, happy, and looking for a good time. Whatever the case, I’ll never forget the camaraderie and acceptance I experienced from my fellow concert-goers that night. I knew I’d befriend fellow Gaga stans at Enigma. I had no idea I’d befriend a few bros, as well.

Purchase tickets for Gaga’s Enigma show at Park MGM’s Park Theater in Las Vegas here.

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Lady Gaga’s Enigma Is Incredible, But It’s Crowd That Really Amazed Me

“Are you going to see Lady Gaga?” an older, burlier man with his wife asked me as we both waited for tables at Bavette’s Steakhouse, located inside Las Vegas’ Park MGM resort on New Year’s Eve. It’s pretty obvious why he thought this: My face was covered in glitter and my T-shirt had a big “GAGA” in frenetic rainbow lettering on the front. My two friends, close behind, were dressed in similar garb. “Yes,” I replied sheepishly, as I mentally prepared for this guy to say something dismissive, rude, or even homophobic. Memories of guys in South Carolina (where I grew up) making funny faces at me for wearing a Britney Spears or Gaga T-shirt to the grocery store came rushing back. Suddenly dousing all that glitter on my face felt like a stupid idea.

After all, I wasn’t at just any Lady Gaga show; I was in Las Vegas to see Enigma, Gaga’s new residency at Park MGM’s Park Theater. (Which, full disclosure, I was provided a comped ticket for by MGM Resorts.) Sure, hundreds of Little Monsters like myself and my friends were there—decked out in glitter and caution tape and all the works—but we didn’t feel like the majority. Throughout our time at the resort, my friends and I saw mostly straight couples—the kind of people we assumed came to Vegas for fun trip, saw that Gaga was playing, and bought a ticket on a whim. I worried that some of them, including the man at Bavette’s, wouldn’t understand us die-hard fans and our passion.

But those feelings quickly evaporated as soon as the man replied with a smile, “Us too—we love her! You guys look great. Have fun.”

"LADY GAGA ENIGMA" Performs At Park MGM Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

PHOTO: Getty Images

It was the type of light, progressive reply I never expect to hear from straight men. I have great male allies in my life, but when I talk about my love for Gaga, Britney, or Madonna in non-queer settings I’m often met with eye-rolls or patronizing comments. This man’s breeziness set the tone for the actual concert: My friend and I were the only people in our section of the Park Theater dressed like true Little Monsters, but we were met with enthusiasm and celebration from all.

Another friend who attended the show the night before experienced something similar: The couple next to him made it their mission to make sure he felt free and comfortable enough to let loose. If Lady Gaga’s career goal is to unite people who are different—queer folks with straight ones, transgender individuals with cisgender ones, older people with younger—then Enigma is proof she’s succeeded. Everyone in that auditorium just got it, and it was so exciting to see.

And, of course, it was exciting to see the actual show, which is a spectacle of fantastic proportions. For Enigma, Gaga hangs up her stripped-down Joanne aesthetic and harkens back to Fame Monster flamboyance. She gives us Pyrotechnics! Choreography! Costumes! Technology! Everything fans loved about Gaga tours like The Monster Ball and ArtRave are there, but with a glossy, more polished finish. She performs every hit you want to hear (“Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Bad Romance”) and even throws in a few deep cuts for the super fans. This all was augmented by the energy of the crowd, a melting pot of music lovers, mega-fans, and even people who are just excited to watch the mega-fans. In short, the person next to you may not know the words to “Government Hooker,” but they’re down to learn them.

"LADY GAGA ENIGMA" Performs At Park MGM Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

PHOTO: Getty Images

This, to me, was the most thrilling part of Enigma. It’s one thing to connect with fellow Lady Gaga fans, but to see so many people from so many walks of life enjoy themselves is something else entirely. Why it took this long to happen is a mystery. Maybe Gaga’s performance in A Star Is Born converted people who had otherwise (wrongly) written her off. Maybe Joanne and Gaga’s work with Tony Bennett expanded her audience. Maybe everyone in that theater was just drunk, happy, and looking for a good time. Whatever the case, I’ll never forget the camaraderie and acceptance I experienced from my fellow concert-goers that night. I knew I’d befriend fellow Gaga stans at Enigma. I had no idea I’d befriend a few bros, as well.

Purchase tickets for Gaga’s Enigma show at Park MGM’s Park Theater in Las Vegas here.

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Predicting The 10 Highest Grossing Movies Of 2019

2018 was a massive year for movies, which reached $41 billion at the annual global box office for the first time in industry history. That’s a benchmark to beat, but 2019 might actually have a shot at surpassing it. The year is absolutely littered with highly-anticipated sequels to big franchises, which could push 2019 into being one of the best years at the box office.

But which movies will do the MOST pushing? Obviously, the amount of money a film earns is in no way indicative of quality, but we are all nerds here, and it’s fun to predict who is going to come out on top! I wasn’t joking when I said 2019 was stacked, and it’s going to be a really competitive year at the box office. These are my predictions for the top 10 grossing movies of 2019.

10. Spider-Man: Far From Home

2019 is a big year for Marvel, which includes the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. It’s predecessor, Spider-Man: Homecoming, was the sixth highest-grossing film of 2017 with $880.2 million worldwide. Part of that total was driven by the fact that this was Spidey’s big return to Marvel Studios. By the time Far From Home arrives, that shine might have worn off a bit. However, the movie directly follows Avengers: Endgame, so what happens to Spidey in that film might drive people to his next solo outing. Plus, Tom Holland has a loyal legion of fans. Ordinarily, I’d stake this higher, but Spidey has stiff competition this year, and no matter how you slice it, this will be his 10th onscreen movie role.

9. Hobbs and Shaw

The last two Fast and Furious movies made over $1 billion worldwide each, so we shouldn’t underestimate the first ever spin-off in the series, Hobbs and Shaw. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as the titular frenemies, and their onscreen rivalry was a highlight of_Fate of the Furious. Johnson is a titan at the box office and Statham is no slouch either, so this film will likely pull in big numbers from name recognition alone. Coupled with the signature over-the-top, dumb fun of _Fast and Furious, and you have a recipe for success. That said, this is the first spin-off, so there’s a bit of an unknown factor here. One could argue that the draw of Fast and Furious is the ensemble, so how will people respond when you isolate just two of the characters?

8. The Secret Life of Pets 2

The Secret Life of Pets is not a great movie, but never underestimate the power of an animated, kid-friendly film about talking animals released in the middle of summer. The film cleaned up in 2016 with $875.5 million worldwide in the bank. The Secret Life of Pets 2 looks to be promising more of the same, offering a silly look at what pets do when the owner isn’t around. The first film had a heartwarming message, and the concept of the movie is pretty relatable. What pet-owner hasn’t wondered what their animal is up to all day? Ordinarily, sequels tend not to make as much as the original, but even considering that Secret Life 2 is bound to be a top performer.

7. Jumanji 3

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was one of the biggest surprise hits of 2017. The sequel to Jumanji, the film quietly took home $962.1 million worldwide. That’s insane. The film was crazy fun and entertaining with a great and relatively original video game premise. Plus, it featured a super likable and charismatic cast that included Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black — all of whom are returning for the sequel. It’s easy to believe that Jumanji 3 will reach similar heights, but I think it’ll be a bit lower than Welcome to the Jungle. The video game concept was fun, but what else can the creative team add to keep it fresh? It really depends on what direction the studio takes the story — which seemed like it reached a natural conclusion in Welcome to the Jungle.

6. Captain Marvel

It took Marvel Studios longer than it should, but the MCU finally has a female-led superhero movie coming to theaters. When Wonder Woman arrived in theaters last year, it was a massive hit and became the tenth highest grossing film of the year with $821.8 million. We’ll likely see a similar performance from Captain Marvel, but with some differences. Captain Marvel doesn’t have the immediate name recognition of Wonder Woman, and she wasn’t introduced in a prior film like Black Panther. Additionally, the first solo outing for a Marvel hero is usually a bit muted (for Marvel, at least). However, she’s got some good buzz going thanks to nice trailers, and audiences are anticipating seeing this character up on screen. Plus, Captain Marvel is going to be a big player in Avengers: Endgame, so fans want to see how she is set up for that film. Marvel’s track record speaks for itself at this point.

5. The Lion King

Disney has found massive success with its live-action remakes, and though the “live-action” part is up for debate, The Lion King will probably destroy at the box office. Last year, Beauty and the Beast made over $1.3 billion, so The Lion King — which is held in similar regard to 1991’s Beauty and the Beast — will likely do similar. The movie has an all-star cast that includes Beyonce, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, and James Earl Jones. It’s a movie that appeals to a wide spectrum of moviegoers, attracting those who grew up watching the original and an entirely new generation of fans. Additionally, The Lion King boasts some of the most iconic Disney songs ever written. With Jungle Book director Jon Favreau at the helm, this is absolutely a movie to watch out for in 2019.

4. Toy Story 4

Toy Story 3 was about as perfect of a conclusion to a trilogy as there ever has been, so the announcement of Toy Story 4 was met with some skepticism by critics and fans. At the end of the day, this is still Pixar’s most popular franchise, and the upcoming Toy Story 4 is likely to still draw a massive crowd. Toy Story 3 revitalized franchise. Since that 2010 release, Toy Story has received numerous animated shorts, and it’s own theme park attractions at Disney World. The development of Toy Story 4 has hit some bumpy roads changing directors and writers, but that’s not really unusual for a Pixar movie. Plus, behind-the-scenes delays and issues don’t seem to impact most films very much when it comes to the box office. People absolutely love these characters, so if Toy Story 4 can match the quality of its predecessor, then it’ll be in great shape.

3. Frozen 2

In 2013, Frozen hit theaters with the force of a nuclear winter. It’s the highest grossing film of 2013, the highest grossing animated movie of all time, the winner of two Academy Awards, and it was literally impossible to go anywhere without hearing “Let It Go” for the rest of the year. So, yeah, Frozen 2 is likely going to make a boatload of cash. Even though the film is coming six years later, short films, a Broadway play, theme park attractions, and the Disney marketing machine have kept the series alive and well. Not much is known about Frozen 2 at the moment aside from that it features the returning cast of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad, and co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. The only downside I can see to Frozen 2 is that it’s been over half a decade since the original, so some of the kids who loved Frozen might have aged out of it by now, but even then that likely doesn’t have much of an impact on box office performance.

2. Star Wars: Episode IX

The Star Wars franchise has been a juggernaut at the box office for a long time now and none more so than the new films that have in theaters in the past three years. Even Star Wars: The Last Jedi, perhaps the most divisive Star Wars movie, still made more than $1 billion. It’s safe to say that Episode IX will similarly runaway with the box office. Additionally, the film is the end of the road (at least for now), not only for new characters like Rey and Finn, but for the original crew that consisted of Luke, Han, and Leia. Finales are usually a big draw, so fans will come to the theater to see how the story ends for these popular characters. It’s true that people may have reached Star Wars overload when it came to Solo: A Star Wars Story, but there’s a big gap between that movie and Episode IX. People should be ready for a trip to a galaxy far, far away by next December.

1. Avengers: Endgame

What else could I have possibly picked for this? Avengers: Endgame is one of — if not THE most — anticipated film of 2019. Not only will the movie explain how the Avengers plan to solve the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War, but it’s also a finale. This movie will close the door on a lot of fan-favorite characters. After 10 years of storytelling, this is a big deal. Additionally, the movie is highly secretive, which is only fueling the hype. If the film can manage to protect its plot until April, then that will just make Endgame more of an event than it already is as people enter the theater knowing almost nothing about what will happen. This isn’t a movie that comes along every day, and even if Endgame can’t live up to the already massive expectations, it’s going to be something people talk about for years to come.

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