So in an attempt at something different, we are going to cite 12 films of note not as hits or misses, but what they mean for future productions.
The Lion King (Disney)
The film that showed the strength of the overwhelmingly dominant studio was this technically updated remake of their 1994 animated smash. Both versions grossed over $400 million domestic: adjusted, 1994 would be $805 million and #20 all time; 2019 was $544 million and a bit more than double that overseas.
But what really makes this smash stand out is it came in the face of mediocre reviews and social media scorn questioning why a new version was necessary.
That damn-the-torpedoes success sends the message that the public has a mind of its own.