2021's movie schedule could break box-office records thanks to an epic showdown between Marvel and DC. But 2020 looks boring.
- Aside from Disney dominance, this year's box office has struggled to keep up with the record-breaking 2018.
- Next year's box office is expected to be more evenly distributed among studios, as Disney has no "Avengers" or "Star Wars" movies on its schedule.
- But 2021 could be another record-breaking year, with anticipated entries in mega popular franchises hitting theaters.
- A showdown between Marvel and DC will be at its center, but new movies in the "Avatar," "Fast and Furious," and "Jurassic World" franchises are also on the year's slate.
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Disney is almost single-handedly keeping the box office afloat this year with over 40% of the domestic market share.
But after a record-breaking 2018 at both the domestic and global box offices, 2019 has struggled to keep up, even with Disney's dominance.Next year's box office looks like it will be more evenly distributed across movie studios, as Disney has no "Avengers," "Star Wars," or Pixar sequel on the release schedule. It could also be the "calm before the storm," as popular franchises will release new installments in 2021, with Marvel and DC facing off like never before.
Four Marvel Cinematic Universe movies will be released to theaters for the first time in 2021. With the announcement this week that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "Black Adam" is set for a December 2021 release, Warner Bros. has three DC movies set. All of them have the chance to be successful. The MCU is at the top of its game and DC movies have rebounded after "Justice League" disappointed in 2017.
Beyond Marvel and DC, though, new entries in the "Avatar," "Fast and Furious," and "Jurassic World" franchises are slated for 2021, as well.
Below are 13 movies that could lift the 2021 box office to a record-breaking year after a calm 2020: