2020 in film

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2020 in film is an overview of events, including award ceremonies, festivals, a list of country-specific lists of films released, and notable deaths. This year was greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and numerous films originally scheduled for 2020 were postponed to 2021 as a result.

Highest-grossing films[edit]

The top films released in 2020 by worldwide gross are listed below.[1] The COVID-19 pandemic caused severe disruption to the industry, with lower than usual box office returns than previous years and a reduced selection of contenders.

Highest-grossing films of 2020
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
1 Bad Boys for Life Sony $424,617,855
2 The Eight Hundred CMC Pictures Holdings $390,905,892
3 Sonic the Hedgehog Paramount $306,766,470
4 Dolittle Universal $246,387,220
5 Tenet Warner Bros. $207,500,000
6 Birds of Prey $201,858,461
7 Onward Disney $136,037,286
8 The Invisible Man Universal $130,880,257
9 The Gentlemen Miramax $115,171,795
10 The Call of the Wild Disney $107,604,626

After being re-released in 4K in China, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone reached a new milestone: it surpassed the $1 billion mark, becoming the second billion dollar film from the wizarding world franchise, with $1,001,985,848, and is the 47th highest-grossing film of all time.

2020 box office records[edit]

Film records[edit]

  • Sonic the Hedgehog broke Pokemon: Detective Pikachu's record for the highest opening weekend for a film based on a video game, with $70 million domestic gross in the United States and Canada.[2] It went on to become the highest-grossing film based on a video game in the United States and Canada, surpassing Detective Pikachu, although it did not beat it in the worldwide box office.[3]

Events[edit]

Award ceremonies[edit]

2020 film awards ceremonies
Date Event Host Location
January 5 77th Golden Globe Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association Beverly Hills, California, U.S.[4]
January 12 25th Critics' Choice Awards Broadcast Film Critics Association Santa Monica, California, U.S.
January 19 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles, California, U.S.
January 20 55th Guldbagge Awards Swedish Film Institute Stockholm, Sweden[5]
January 25 47th Annie Awards ASIFA-Hollywood Los Angeles, California, U.S.
February 1 10th Magritte Awards Académie André Delvaux Brussels, Belgium
February 2 73rd British Academy Film Awards British Academy of Film and Television Arts London, England
February 8 35th Independent Spirit Awards Independent Spirit Awards Santa Monica, California, U.S.
February 9 92nd Academy Awards Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Los Angeles, California, U.S.
February 28 45th César Awards Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma Paris, France
March 6 43rd Japan Academy Film Prize Nippon Academy-Sho Association Tokyo, Japan
March 16 40th Golden Raspberry Awards Golden Raspberry Awards Foundation Los Angeles, California, U.S.[a]
May 6 39th Hong Kong Film Awards Hong Kong Film Awards Association Ltd. Hong Kong[b]
May 28 8th Canadian Screen Awards Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Toronto, Ontario, Canada[a]

Festivals[edit]

List of some of the film festivals for 2020 that have been accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

2020 film festivals
Date Event Host Location
January 23–February 2 2020 Sundance Film Festival Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah, United States
February 20–March 1 70th Berlin International Film Festival Berlin International Film Festival Berlin, Germany
TBD 2020 Cannes Film Festival Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France
September 2–12 77th Venice International Film Festival Venice Film Festival Venice, Italy

2020 films[edit]

By country[edit]

The list of films set to be released in 2020, arranged by country, are as follows:

By genre[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Nationality Profession Films
January 4 Tom Long 51 Australian Actor
8 Edd Byrnes 86 American Actor
8 Buck Henry 89 American Actor, Screenwriter, Director
9 Ivan Passer 86 Czech Director, Screenwriter
10 Neda Arnerić 66 Serbian Actress
12 Tony Garnett 83 English Producer
14 Jack Kehoe 85 American Actor
17 Derek Fowlds 82 English Actor
20 Joe Shishido 86 Japanese Actor
21 Terry Jones 77 Welsh Actor, Director, Screenwriter
22 John Karlen 86 American Actor
25 Monique van Vooren 92 Belgian-American Actress
26 Kobe Bryant 41 American Actor, Screenwriter
28 Harriet Frank Jr. 96 American Screenwriter
28 Nicholas Parsons 96 English Actor
28 Marj Dusay 83 American Actress
30 Jörn Donner 86 Finnish-Swedish Director, Screenwriter, Actor
31 Andree Melly 87 English Actress
February 1 Péter Andorai 71 Hungarian Actor
1 Luciano Ricceri 79 Italian Production Designer
3 Gene Reynolds 96 American Actor
4 José Luis Cuerda 72 Spanish Director, Screenwriter, Producer
4 Gianni Minervini 91 Italian Producer
5 Kevin Conway 77 American Actor
5 Kirk Douglas 103 American Actor, Producer
6 Raphaël Coleman 25 English Actor
7 Orson Bean 91 American Actor, Producer
7 Ann E. Todd 88 American Actress
8 Robert Conrad 84 American Actor
8 Volker Spengler 80 German Actor
8 Grazia Volpi 78 Italian Producer
9 Paula Kelly 77 American Actress, Singer
10 Marge Redmond 95 American Actress, Singer
11 Joseph Vilsmaier 81 German Director
13 Rafael Romero Marchent 93 Spanish Director, Actor
14 Lynn Cohen 86 American Actress
14 John Shrapnel 77 English Actor
16 Zoe Caldwell 86 Australian Actress
16 Frances Cuka 83 English Actress
16 Jason Davis 35 American Actor
16 Kellye Nakahara 72 American Actress
17 Ja'Net DuBois 87 American Actress, Singer, Songwriter
18 Tapas Paul 61 Indian Actor
18 Flavio Bucci 72 Italian Actor
19 José Mojica Marins 83 Brazilian Director, Actor
20 Claudette Nevins 82 American Actress
21 Boris Leskin 97 Russian Actor
24 Diana Serra Cary 101 American Actress
24 Ben Cooper 86 American Actor
26 Michael Medwin 96 English Actor
27 Burkhard Driest 80 German Actor
27 Eugene Dynarski 86 American Actor
29 Dieter Laser 78 German Actor
March 2 James Lipton 93 American Writer, Actor
3 Božidar Alić 65 Croatian Actor
6 David Paul 62 American Actor
7 Mart Crowley 84 American Screenwriter, Actor
8 Max von Sydow 90 Swedish Actor
11 Didier Bezace 74 French Actor
12 Gary B. Kibbe 79 American Cinematographer
12 Tonie Marshall 68 French Actress, Director, Screenwriter
15 Suzy Delair 102 French Actress, Singer
15 Roy Hudd 83 English Actor
16 Stuart Whitman 92 American Actor
17 Lyle Waggoner 84 American Actor
19 Nazzareno Zamperla 82 Italian Actor, Stuntman
20 Kenny Rogers 81 American Actor, Singer, Songwriter
23 Lucia Bosè 89 Italian Actress
23 David Collings 79 English Actor
23 Alfio Contini 92 Italian Cinematographer
24 Stuart Gordon 72 American Director, Screenwriter
24 Terrence McNally 81 American Screenwriter
24 Gerard Schurmann 96 English Composer
24 Albert Uderzo 92 French Director, Screenwriter
26 Mark Blum 69 American Actor
28 Barbara Rütting 92 German Actress
31 Julie Bennett 88 American Actress, Voice Actress
31 Andrew Jack 76 English Dialect Coach, Actor
April 1 Adam Schlesinger 52 American Musician, Songwriter
3 Hilary Dwyer 74 English Actress
4 Jay Benedict 68 American Actor
4 Carlo Leva 90 Italian Production Designer
5 Shirley Douglas 86 Canadian Actress
5 Lee Fierro 91 American Actress
5 George Ogilvie 89 Australian Director, Actor
6 Honor Blackman 94 English Actress
6 James Drury 85 American Actor
7 Allen Garfield 80 American Actor
9 Malcolm Dixon 66 English Actor
9 Marc Engels 54 Belgian Sound engineer
10 Armando Francioli 100 Italian Actor
10 Nobuhiko Obayashi 82 Japanese Director, Screenwriter
10 Francis Reusser 77 Swiss Director
12 Maurice Barrier 87 French Actor
12 Tim Brooke-Taylor 79 English Actor
12 Danny Goldman 80 American Actor
13 Patricia Millardet 63 French Actress
13 Ann Sullivan 91 American Animator
14 Mario Donatone 86 Italian Actor
15 Sean Arnold 79 English Actor
15 Allen Daviau 77 American Cinematographer
15 Brian Dennehy 81 American Actor
16 Luis Sepúlveda 70 Chilean Screenwriter, Actor
17 Sergio Fantoni 89 Italian Actor
19 Philippe Nahon 81 French Actor
20 Claude Evrard 86 French Actor
22 Shirley Knight 83 American Actress
23 Bruce Allpress 89 New Zealand Actor
26 Peter H. Hunt 81 American Director
28 Jill Gascoine 83 English Actress
29 Irrfan Khan 53 Indian Actor
29 John Lafia 63 American Director, Screenwriter
30 Rishi Kapoor 67 Indian Actor
30 Sam Lloyd 56 American Actor
May 2 Jan-Olof Strandberg 93 Swedish Actor
3 John Ericson 93 German-American Actor
6 Leslie Pope 65 American Set Decorator
7 Daniel Cauchy 90 French Actor
7 Peque Gallaga 76 Filipino Director, Screenwriter
9 Geno Silva 72 American Actor
9 Little Richard 87 American Musician
11 Jerry Stiller 92 American Actor
12 Michel Piccoli 94 French Actor
15 Ezio Bosso 48 Italian Composer
15 Lynn Shelton 54 American Director, Screenwriter
15 Fred Willard 86 American Actor
16 Pilar Pellicer 82 Mexican Actress
16 Jon Whiteley 75 Scottish Actor
17 Monique Mercure 89 Canadian Actress
22 Denise Cronenberg 81 Canadian Costume Designer
24 Jean-Loup Dabadie 81 French Screenwriter
26 Richard Herd 87 American Actor
26 Irm Hermann 77 German Actress
26 Anthony James 77 American Actor
27 Peggy Pope 91 American Actress
28 Lennie Niehaus 90 American Composer
30 Michael Angelis 76 English Actor
31 Dan van Husen 75 German Actor
June 2 Mary Pat Gleason 70 American Actress
3 Bruce Jay Friedman 90 American Screenwriter
7 Alan Metter 77 American Director
8 Marion Hänsel 71 Belgian Director, Screenwriter, Actress
11 Mel Winkler 78 American Actor
14 Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz 90 Iranian Actor
14 Sushant Singh Rajput 34 Indian Actor
17 Lewis John Carlino 88 American Director, Screenwriter
18 Vera Lynn 103 English Actress, Singer
19 Ian Holm 88 English Actor
21 Jürgen Holtz 87 German Actor
22 Steve Bing 55 American Screenwriter
22 Joel Schumacher 80 American Director, Costume Designer
26 Kelly Asbury 60 American Director, Screenwriter
26 Stuart Cornfeld 67 American Producer
26 Taryn Power 66 American Actress
27 Linda Cristal 89 Argentine Actress
29 Johnny Mandel 94 American Composer, Songwriter
29 Carl Reiner 98 American Actor, Director, Screenwriter
30 Dan Hicks 68 American Actor
July 2 Tilo Prückner 79 German Actor
2 Kevin Rafferty 72 American Director, Cinematographer
2 Ronald L. Schwary 76 American Producer
2 Yoon Sam-yook 83 South Korean Screenwriter, Director
3 Earl Cameron 102 Bermudian-English Actor
3 Saroj Khan 71 Indian Choreographer
5 Bettina Gilois 58 American Screenwriter
6 Ennio Morricone 91 Italian Composer
8 Naya Rivera 33 American Actress
12 Kelly Preston 57 American Actress
13 Grant Imahara 49 American Model Maker
14 Galyn Görg 55 American Actress
15 Carlotta Barilli 84 Italian Actress
15 Maurice Roëves 83 English Actor
16 Phyllis Somerville 76 American Actress
17 Zizi Jeanmaire 96 French Dancer, Actress
18 Haruma Miura 30 Japanese Actor
19 Sonia Darrin 96 American Actress
21 Annie Ross 89 English-American Actress, Singer
23 Leida Rammo 96 Estonian Actress
23 Sérgio Ricardo 88 Brazilian Director, Composer
23 Jacqueline Scott 89 American Actress
24 Regis Philbin 88 American Actor
25 John Saxon 84 American Actor
26 Olivia de Havilland 104 English-American Actress
27 Gianrico Tedeschi 100 Italian Actor
31 Alan Parker 76 English Director
August 1 Wilford Brimley 85 American Actor
1 Tom Pollock 77 American Producer, Executive
1 Reni Santoni 81 American Actor
3 Billy Goldenberg 84 American Composer, Songwriter
9 Anna Maria Bottini 104 Italian Actress
9 Kurt Luedtke 80 American Screenwriter
9 Franca Valeri 100 Italian Actress
10 Silvana Bosi 86 Italian Actress
10 Tetsuya Watari 78 Japanese Actor
11 Trini Lopez 83 American Singer, Actor
14 Linda Manz 58 American Actress
16 Nikolai Gubenko 78 Russian Actor, Director
18 Ben Cross 72 English Actor
22 Allan Rich 94 American Actor
23 Benny Chan 58 Hong Kong Director, Screenwriter
23 Lori Nelson 87 American Actress
27 David S. Cass Sr. 78 American Stuntman
28 Chadwick Boseman 43 American Actor
September 3 Birol Ünel 59 Turkish-German Actor
4 Annie Cordy 92 Belgian Actress, Singer
5 Jiří Menzel 82 Czech Director, Screenwriter
6 Kevin Dobson 77 American Actor
8 Ronald Harwood 85 English Screenwriter
10 Diana Rigg 82 English Actress
12 Barbara Jefford 90 English Actress
14 Sei Ashina 36 Japanese Actress
14 Al Kasha 83 American Songwriter

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, winners announced online.
  2. ^ The ceremony was held and broadcast live online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 Worldwide Box Office". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  2. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 17, 2020). "'Sonic The Hedgehog' Breaks Videogame Game Pic Opening Record With $70M & Reps 4th Best Presidents' Weekend Debut – Monday Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  3. ^ Mendelson, Scott. "'Sonic The Hedgehog' Just Raced Past A Major Box Office Milestone". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-03-15.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 14, 2018). "NBC To Remain Golden Globes Home With New 8-Year Deal". Deadline. Archived from the original on December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "45 kulturhändelser du inte får missa 2020". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 2 January 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2020.