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The year 2020 has been impacted by unexpected events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that has stopped the world. The hiatus in every business of any sector has caused a lot of economical damage, and the movie industry is one of the most affected since every awards ceremonies, events, festivals has been cancelled, halting film production and closing cinemas.
Experts affirm that only the called Spanish flu, which emerged at the end of World War I, impacted the cinema business on a similar scale. So this is the second time a pandemic has damaged this sector.
Certainly one of the biggest consequences for the movie industry has been the closure of the cinemas. With a three-month hiatus where no films have been played in practically the entire world, and the moving of many productions to the following year, can make the losses in the sector reach up to $20 million dollars in 2020.
After the reopening of movie theatres , countries across the world attempt to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic crisis, and all theaters are filled with premieres to welcome the spectators and try to recover the incomes frozen by the lockdown.
Nevertheless, the return to movie theatres is already in progress and although it will not be the same as before, due to the health and safety protocols that will have to be followed, the distribution companies are willing to collect and recover their losses as soon as possible by offering their best premieres to the audience, that missed so much this kind of family entertainment.
It is a fact that the commercial motion picture industry is dominated by American productions and this is clearly seen in the following list of the highest grossing movies worldwide in the extraordinary year of 2020:
Bad Boys for Life / Sony – Columbia
Worldwide gross: US$ 425.5 millions
Leading actors: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence.
A new buddy cop film in which the two actors have to work together again to solve a new criminal case, supposedly for the last time.
This sequel, the last of the trilogy, has had a very popular outcome, becoming the most successful of the entire saga.
Sonic, the Hedgehog / Paramount
Worldwide gross: US$ 306.8 millions
Leading actors: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey.
A live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster video game franchise from Sega, in a fiction world full of heroes and villains like in the game.
The movie has become one of the highest-grossing film adaptations of video games in history and it is already confirmed a sequel for next year.
Dolittle / Universal Pictures
Worldwide gross: US$ 231.4 millions
Leading actors: Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas.
A fantasy comedy adventure in which a physician, Dr. Dolittle, who has the ability to talk to animals, embarks on an adventure with a young apprentice and a crew of strange pets to find a legendary island. The story takes place in the Victorian period.
Dr. Doolittle’s character is already known by the performance of actor Eddy Murphy who made 2 movies in 1998 and 2001.
It’s a family film probably aimed at kids from 6 to 12, but adults can also enjoy the great performance by Robert Downey Jr, who has made this new and modern character adaptation very different from Murphy´s.
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Birds of Prey / Warner Bros
Worldwide gross: US$ 201.9 millions
Leading actors: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor
An American superhero film based on the DC Comics team Birds of Prey.
The plot is centered on the character of Harley Quinn, a frequent accomplice and lover of the Joker, of whom she had been his psychiatrist in Gotham´s city Arkham Asylum.
The movie premiered in Mexico City in January 2020, and in February in the United States, raising $173 million worldwide. The film received critical acclaim for its visual style, director´s work and the performances of Robbie and McGregor, but also negative criticism for its script.
Birds of Prey is expected to be the first in a trilogy of films centered on the character of Harley Quinn.
The Invisible Man / Universal Pictures
Worldwide gross: US$ 125.8 millions
Leading actors: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge
A science fiction horror film in which the main character, a woman, believes she is being pursuited by his abusive ex boyfriend that has became invisible, in spite of his apparent suicide, some months before.
This is a new version of the classical novel of H. G. Wells, Invisible Man, already performed in several films in the past, but this time the story is not told from the point of view of the monster, but from the victim´s, changing completely the focus and approach of the original story. The film is about gender violence, about abuse, about silence and about the importance of believing the victims.
Watching the film will be an experience full of action, drama and great suspenso, apart from the interesting special effects.
The Gentlemen / STX Entertainment
Worldwide gross: US$ 114.9 millions
Leading actors: Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey.
This new film of the british director Guy Richie is a criminal thriller and action movie in the usual style to which he has accustomed us. This time the plot is about an American drug dealer who wants to retire and sell his marijuana empire in England, resulting in conflicts with rivals, a boxing coach and a very meticulous private investigator, among others.
In the film we can appreciate the wild mafia violence, foul language, testosterone and black humor typical of Richie’s style and, as always, with a stellar cast that is impossible not to be impressed by.
Those who missed Guy Richie in action will enjoy the movie to the fullest.
Onward / Walt Disney Pictures
Worldwide gross: US$ 110.3 millions
Leading actors (voices): Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer.
The latest Disney-Pixar production is this computer-animated urban fantasy-adventure film. The story is set in a suburban fantasy world in which two teenage elf brothers embark on an adventure to discover whether there is still some magic in the world that will allow them to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember.
The Pixar animation is fascinating, reaching a new level on the film, and the story traps the spectator in his seat, making him part of the show and providing fun for the whole family.
The Call of the Wild / 20th Century
Worldwide gross: US$ 107.6 millions
Leading actors: Harrison Ford, Omar Sy.
This adaptation of a short adventure novel by Jack London and published in 1903, tells us the story of a dog, a crossbreed between a St. Bernard and a Scotch Collie, whose quiet, comfortable and happy life was suddenly upset when he was stolen from his home in Santa Clara County, California and transplanted to the exotic wilds landscapes of the Alaskan Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush. As a rookie in a group of sled dogs (and later their leader), Buck experiences an adventure he will never forget, finding his place in the world and thus becoming his own master.
The film is a familiar but heartwarming adventure that is surprisingly funny and emotional.
We are sure that after this pandemic, the film industry will have new plots and stories to add to the ones they already have.
In the meanwhile you can bet on the best or the most profitable film of 2020!