We just wrapped up a historic year at the movies. The global box office reached an all-time high in 2018, raking in $41.7 billion, including $11.9 billion collected at theaters in the United States, which was also an all-time record.
But, as impressive as those number are, 2019 looks like it could be another banner year for Hollywood.
We’ve rounded up what look to be 40 can’t-miss movies hitting theaters in 2019. Included in our list are 14 sequels and eight remakes or reboots of movies and TV series that you’ve seen before. Take a look at the list and mark your calendar!
‘Glass’ (Jan. 18)
After 2017’s “Split” became a surprise hit, raking in more than $278 million worldwide, this thriller sequel quickly jumped onto everyone’s radar.
“Glass” picks up the story of writer-director M. Night Shyamalan’s 2000 superhero movie “Unbreakable” as well as the story of “Split,” bringing the main characters from those movies into the same world. Samuel L. Jackson, who played the villainous Mr. Glass in “Unbreakable,” will reprise his role, while Bruce Willis and James McAvoy will also reprise their roles from the earlier films. “Glass” could be the first legitimate hit of 2019.
‘Serenity’ (Jan. 25)
Totally unrelated to the 2005 sci-fi movie of the same name, “Serenity” is a dark thriller coming from the creator of TV’s “Peaky Blinders” and the intense 2007 film “Eastern Promises.” Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway star as ex-spouses who get tangled into a murder plot. The stellar cast also includes Diane Keaton and Jason Clarke. The film has been described as “sexy noir.” Sign me up!
‘Arctic’ (Feb. 1)
The only foreign movie on our list, this Icelandic picture doesn’t appear to have much dialogue, so people who don’t like reading subtitles shouldn’t feel too uncomfortable. “Arctic” stars the always-electric Mads Mikkelsen as a man stranded in the Arctic, forced to survive its harsh environment.
The movie first screened at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where it was lauded. “Arctic” currently holds a 92-percent score at Rotten Tomatoes. The filmmakers posted a brief but intense trailer on Instagram:
‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ (Feb. 8)
It’s been five years since “The Lego Movie” became a massive hit with critics and audiences, becoming the fifth-highest grossing movie of 2014. Most of the people involved with the first film are coming back, including stars Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett. The sequel will pick up where “The Lego Movie” left off, with Duplo characters invading the Lego world and trying to destroy it. The cast is packed with hilarious, talented people including Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolph and Jason Momoa, who will voice the Lego version of Aquaman.
‘What Men Want’ (Feb. 8)
This remake of the Mel Gibson comedy “What Women Want” will follow a woman who suddenly gains the ability to hear the thoughts of men. The 2000 version, which followed a man who could hear women’s thoughts, was a huge hit, becoming the highest-grossing romantic comedy in history at the time. Taraji P. Henson will star in this new update. On a slightly interesting note, “What Women Want” was directed by a woman while “What Men Want” will be directed by a man.
‘Cold Pursuit’ (Feb. 8)
Who doesn’t enjoy watching Liam Neeson kick bad guys’ butts and drop cool lines on the big screen? His newest movie, “Cold Pursuit,” looks to keep up that pattern by following Neeson as a snowplow driver who avenges his son’s death by killing the members of a drug cartel one by one against the backdrop of the snowy Rocky Mountains. Laura Dern and Emmy Rossum are also in the cast.
‘Fighting With My Family ‘ (Feb. 14)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is producing — and will play himself in — this dramedy that tells the true story of WWE wrestler Paige and her family, who are all involved in the pro wrestling business. “Fighting with My Family” is being written and directed by Stephen Merchant, who co-created BBC’s classic shows “The Office” and “Extras.” Florence Pugh stars as Paige, and the cast also includes Vince Vaughn, Lena Headey and Nick Frost.
‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ (Feb. 22)
The “How to Train Your Dragon” series has been a major success since the first movie debuted in 2010, so it makes sense that this third installment would be on its way to theaters.
“The Hidden World” has the same director as the first two films and brings back the cast as well, including Jay Baruchel, America Ferrara, Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson. The first two films were box-office smashes and are certified “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning this third entry has a lot to live up to.
‘Captain Marvel’ (March 8)
If you’ve seen any of the early trailers for “Captain Marvel,” you know it looks awesome. The 21st entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes us back to 1995 and follows the story of Carol Danvers, an Air Force fighter pilot who is given superpowers after an accident.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the man behind all the Marvel films, has already stated that Danvers is the most powerful superhero that’s ever been depicted in the MCU. Oscar winner Brie Larson stars as Danvers alongside Samuel L. Jackson, who returns as Nick Fury and will be digitally de-aged by 25 years to match the timeline.
‘Gloria Bell’ (March 8)
As you may have noticed, some of 2019’s most promising new movies are led by women, and “Gloria Bell” is among them. This film stars Oscar winner Julianne Moore as a woman in her 50s who frequents singles bars and dance clubs in Los Angeles. The stellar cast also includes Brad Garrett, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Michael Cera.
“Gloria Bell” currently holds a 100-percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and Variety raved about it, calling it “one of the great female-led films of the 21st century.” High praise!
‘Dumbo’ (March 29)
The first of three Disney animated classics that the studio is remaking as live-action films in 2019 is “Dumbo.” This new version of the 1941 gem will be directed by Tim Burton and boasts a cast that includes Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton and Eva Green. It will tell the story of the young elephant who travels with the circus and is able to fly. At 130 minutes, this telling of “Dumbo” will be more than twice the length of the original film.
‘Shazam’ (April 5)
DC’s first superhero movie of 2019 will be “Shazam,” which is set to be the first full-length movie starring the comic book character, who debuted in 1939. It follows a teenage boy who is able to transform into a fully-grown superhero by simply saying the word “Shazam.”
Disney Channel star Asher Angel will play the young version of the lead character and “Chuck” star Zachary Levi is playing the superhero. It will be the first non-horror movie from director David F. Sandberg, who was responsible for the hits “Lights Out” and “Annabelle: Creation.”
‘Avengers: Endgame’ (April 26)
The fourth entry into Marvel’s Avengers series might be the most highly anticipated movie of 2019. “Avengers: Endgame” is a direct follow-up to 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” which ended on a serious bummer and left fans speculating for a year how the studio would continue the story. That film was the second highest-grossing movie of 2018 in America, and every Avengers movie so far has averaged about $1.7 billion at the box office worldwide. It’s safe to say the world will be waiting for April 26 to see what fate awaits our favorite superhero team.
‘Rocketman’ (May 17)
People who loved 2018’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the film about Queen which became the highest-grossing music biopic ever made, will want to mark their calendars for this one. “Rocketman” follows the early life of Elton John and comes from the same director as “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Taron Egerton, of the Kingsman films, will play the legendary musician, and he’s joined in the cast by former “Game of Thrones” star Richard Madden. If you’ve already seen the trailers for “Rocketman,” you know this one looks like a lot of fun.
‘Aladdin’ (May 24)
Disney’s beloved 1992 animated film “Aladdin” is getting the live-action remake treatment in 2019. This new version of the story, which follows a poor boy who tries to win over a princess with the help of a genie, will be directed by Guy Ritchie, who is best known for movies about British tough guys.
Mena Massoud, from Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” series, will step into the role of Aladdin, while Naomi Scott, of 2017’s “Power Rangers” reboot, will play Jasmine. Everyone will be holding their breath to see how Will Smith handles the role of Genie, which was made iconic by the great Robin Williams.
‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ (May 31)
The third entry into the ongoing MonsterVerse franchise, which includes Godzilla and King Kong so far, will hit theaters in May. Set after 2014’s “Godzilla,” which was a hit that critics also enjoyed, this sequel sees the massive monster battling other titans as humans watch from below and hope to survive. The film boasts an impressive cast that includes Kyle Chandler, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins and “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown in her first movie role.
‘Men in Black: International’ (June 14)
This fourth entry into the Men in Black franchise, the first since 2012, is set in London and follows a team of alien-watching agents we’ve never seen before. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who had great chemistry together in “Thor: Ragnarok,” star as MIB agents, and Liam Neeson is their boss. Powerhouse director F. Gary Gray will direct this reboot of the popular sci-fi series.
‘Toy Story 4’ (June 21)
After 2010’s “Toy Story 3” was such a massive hit that was hailed as arguably the best “part three” in movie history, everyone thought the story of our favorite toys was over for good. “Toy Story 4” will follow Woody, Buzz and the gang as they get used to their lives with Bonnie, the little girl whom Andy gave them to when he went to college. Of course, Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack and other favorite voice actors will be returning, but new actors, including Keanu Reeves, will join the beloved Pixar franchise. It’s safe to say this one has a lot to live up to.
‘Child’s Play’ (June 21)
Another classic franchise getting a reboot is “Child’s Play,” aka the Chucky movies. Many would wonder whether the series needed to be rebooted at all, given the fact that 2017’s “Cult of Chucky” was well received by critics and took the story of the killer doll in a new direction. “Child’s Play” will be the first movie in the franchise since its debut in 1988 not to feature Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky, although it hasn’t been announced who will voice the iconic character. Aubrey Plaza and Bryan Tyree Henry lead the cast of this one.
‘Annabelle: Chapter 3’ (July 3)
This sixth entry into the massively popular Conjuring series — and third entry in the series that follows the creepy doll Annabelle — doesn’t yet have an official title, but it’s expected to hit theaters in July. This new film will follow 2014’s “Annabelle” and the 2017 prequel “Annabelle: Creation.” It will see Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return to their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren from 2013’s “The Conjuring.” Horror fans won’t want to miss this one.
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (July 5)
The third and final Marvel Cinematic Universe movie slated to hit theaters in 2019 is the second in the studio’s Spider-Man series. Jon Watts, who directed 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” returns to direct this sequel, which also sees the return of stars Tom Holland, Zendaya and Marisa Tomei. The movie’s plot is expected to follow the teen web-slinger Peter Parker and his friends as they visit Europe during summer vacation. Interestingly, Robert Downey Jr., whose Tony Stark played such a big part in “Homecoming,” isn’t listed among the cast.
‘The Lion King’ (July 19)
Arguably the most beloved animated Disney movie to be remade since “Beauty and the Beast,” the studio will bring its new vision for 1994’s “The Lion King” to theaters in July 2019. This update will be filmed in the same way as 2016’s “The Jungle Book,” which shared the same director. It will technically be animated, but the goal is for the animals to look so real you think they are live-action creatures. Donald Glover takes over the role of Simba, while Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen will play Timon and Pumba. We’re on record as saying “The Lion King” was Disney’s best animated movie ever, so the studio has a lot to prove to us with this one.
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ (July 26)
One of the best casts assembled in 2019 will be in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The new film from writer-director Quentin Tarantino is loaded with A-listers, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino, just to name a few. This wild-sounding film will be set in 1960s Hollywood around the time of the Manson Family murders. Robbie will play Sharon Tate, the actor who was among the victims of the killers. The film will hit theaters just a couple weeks before the 50th anniversary of the slayings.
‘The New Mutants’ (Aug. 2)
Comic book fans will especially be looking forward to this one. “The New Mutants,” a spin-off of the X-Men franchise, has existed in Marvel Comics since 1982 but has never been the focus of its own film. The titular New Mutants are a group of young mutants who are just getting to know their superpowers. The actors picked to play the group are a talented bunch, including “Game of Thrones” breakout star Maisie Williams and Charlie Heaton from “Stranger Things.” This will be the second X-Men movie to hit theaters in summer 2019, following “Dark Phoenix.”
‘Artemis Fowl’ (Aug. 9)
Lovers of the beloved 2001 novel “Artemis Fowl” will be hoping this one lives up to the text. Disney is making this live-action take on the book, which follows a young Irish boy who’s a criminal mastermind trying to restore his family’s fortune. The film is being produced by Robert de Niro and includes stars Judi Dench and Josh Gad. For the casting of the title character, director Kenneth Branagh took a chance on an unknown Irish boy who is making his screen debut.
‘It: Chapter 2’ (Sept. 6)
In 2017, “It” scared the hell out of audiences en route to becoming the highest-grossing R-rated horror film ever made. This pre-planned sequel will pick up the story of the first film 27 years later, as the main characters are now adults and must face off with the terrifying beast called It once again.
Bill Skarsgard will return as It, while the actors playing the older versions of the kids from the first film will include James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader. The same writer-director duo that helped make “It” such a major hit will also return.
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‘Downton Abbey’ (Sept. 20)
Yes, you read that title correctly: “Downton Abbey” is getting the big-screen treatment in 2019. The popular British TV series, which wrapped up in 2015, will continue its plot in this new story from series creator Julian Fellowes. Most of the actors that helped make the series such a success, including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Joanne Froggatt, are all returning for the film. If you were sad to see the show sign off four years ago, you’ll want to grab your viewing buddies and head to the theater on Sept. 20 — and check out this brief preview in the meantime:
‘The Woman In The Window’ (Oct. 4)
Fans of thrillers will want to see this Hitchcock-inspired flick, which is based on the 2016 novel of the same name. “The Woman in the Window” follows an agoraphobic woman, played by the great Amy Adams, who is spying on her neighbors when she sees a crime happen. Oscar winners Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman will also be in the film, which is being directed by Joe Wright, who was behind 2007’s “Atonement.” Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tracy Letts is handling the script.
‘The Goldfinch’ (Oct. 11)
Speaking of Pulitzer Prize winners, this movie is based on the book that won that prestigious award in 2014. “The Goldfinch” is about a child who has a rough life with his deadbeat dad after his mother is killed in a terrorist attack. The book divided critics at the time it was published but became a bestseller, meaning there will be a big audience built in before the movie even debuts. Ansel Elgort stars as Theo, the main character, and he’s joined in a talented cast led by Nicole Kidman, Luke Wilson and Sarah Paulson, among others.
‘Zombieland Too’ (Oct. 11)
When “Zombieland Too” debuts in October 2019 it will mark 10 years since the premiere of the first film. “Zombieland” was one of the biggest surprise hits of 2009, raking in more than $100 million to become one of the highest-grossing zombie movies ever made. This sequel will bring back the original stars, including Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson. But only time will tell if this one can outpace the outrageous film it’s following or if it will just feel like a belated cash grab.
‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’ (Oct. 18)
Who isn’t excited about this one? Ever since we first saw the images of Tom Hanks as children’s TV icon Mr. Rogers, we were ready to buy tickets to “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” The movie will tell the true story of a cynical journalist who was assigned to write a profile on Fred Rogers and got to know him well in the process. Hanks will be joined by Matthew Rhys, Oscar winner Chris Cooper and “This is Us” star Susan Kelechi Watson in the cast.
‘The Addams Family’ (Oct. 18)
The Addams Family is returning to the big screen for the first time since 1993. This new film about the “creepy and kooky” family will be animated and directed by the guys behind 2016’s “Sausage Party.” The art style used for the characters is expected to closely match the original comics where the lovable characters debuted in 1938. Voice actors will include Oscar Issac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz and Finn Wolfhard as Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday and Pugsley Addams.
‘Charlie’s Angels’ (Nov. 1)
Another popular series being rebooted on the big screen in 2019 is “Charlie’s Angels.” Elizabeth Banks is writing, directing and co-starring in this new plot, which is the first entry into the franchise since 2003. The lead “Angels” are being played by Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinksa, while Patrick Stewart is also in the cast. The reboot is expected to still follow a trio of women who fight crime as private detectives.
‘Last Christmas’ (Nov. 15)
If you are a fan of “Love Actually” (who isn’t?), you’ll want to add this one to your watchlist for 2019. Acting legend Emma Thompson, who co-starred in that 2003 Christmas classic, co-wrote this film, which is expected to be another romantic comedy set in Britain at the holidays. The unique twist to this film is that it’s expected to rely heavily on music from the late, great George Michael in its storytelling, including some new songs.
“Game of Thrones” lead Emilia Clarke will star alongside Thompson and “Crazy Rich Asians” star Henry Golding. Paul Feig, the filmmaker behind “Bridesmaids” and “A Simple Favor,” is directing.
‘Frozen 2’ (Nov. 22)
It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since we all first met Elsa and Anna and got “Let it Go” stuck in our heads. This highly anticipated sequel to Disney’s highest-grossing, non-Pixar animated movie ever will finally hit theaters around Thanksgiving. The original directors, as well as stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, are signed on to return. Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown have also joined the cast of the new entry. Disney doesn’t do many big-budget sequels to its animated films, but nobody could be upset about more “Frozen” in our lives.
‘Knives Out’ (Nov. 27)
This new movie from the director of 2017’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” looks to be a tense thriller in the style of Agatha Christie. “Knives Out” is being described as a classic whodunnit murder-mystery. There isn’t much known about the film yet in terms of its story, but the large cast includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Michael Shannon.
‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel (Dec. 13)
There isn’t yet a title for this sequel to 2017’s hit “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” but it is slated to hit theaters in December. The new film will see the return of the director, writers and four main actors from the original, including Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Awkwafina will also reportedly join the cast.
‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ (Dec. 20)
It’s almost time again for a new entry into the Star Wars canon and fans are pumped to see J.J. Abrams returning to the director’s chair. The story is expected to pick things up well after 2017’s “The Last Jedi.” The late Carrie Fisher is expected to appear in the film as Princess Leia for one final time in the role, and Billy Dee Williams will also return as Lando Calrissian for the first time since 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.” All eyes will be on the box-office returns of this one after the somewhat rocky reception of 2018’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
‘Cats’ (Dec. 20)
It’s been nearly 40 years since Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” first became a Broadway blockbuster, and the musical is somehow just now being made into a movie. This looks to be one of the only musicals in 2019 for fans of the genre to circle around, but it should be worth the wait. The cast alone should be a draw since it includes everyone from Jennifer Hudson to James Corden to Idris Elba and even Taylor Swift. Oscar magnet Tom Hooper is directing the film, meaning it should pack some serious heft.
‘Little Women’ (Dec. 25)
Rounding out the year will be Hollywood’s latest stab at adapting Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1868 novel. This version of the story looks intriguing because of the involvement of writer-director Greta Gerwig, who was behind 2017’s fantastic “Lady Bird.” The ensemble cast is exciting and includes Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Timothée Chalamet. The movie is slated to hit theaters on Christmas, and you can expect it to be in the running come next year’s Oscar season.