A look at some of the winners and losers at the box office in 2017:
The biggest successes:
Global box office: $US821 million ($A1.1 billion)
Production budget: $US120 million ($A168 million)
The collaboration between Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins provided a fresh, light-hearted look at the superhero genre and became the one unqualified success in Warner Bros-DC Entertainment’s efforts to compete with the Marvel-Disney universe. It has already set Wonder Woman 2 for November 2, 2019.
Global box office: $US138 million ($A193 million)
Production budget: $US19 million ($A27 million)
Universal’s raucous and joyous Girls Trip reinvigorated the road-trip genre and became a serious breakout hit as an R-rated comedy – an area which had seen plenty of stumbles in recent years, with nothing resembling a major adult comedy success since Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck and Melissa McCarthy’s Spy two years earlier.
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Global box office: $US155 million ($A217 million) (still in theatres)
Production budget: $US20 million ($A28 million)
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the year, the Jacob Tremblay tearjerker opened on November 17-19 with Lionsgate expecting a $US9 million ($A13 million) debut – and then took in $US27.6 million ($A38.6 million). Audiences embraced the film’s message of kindness and inclusion following an extensive social media campaign.
Global box office: $US695 million ($A973 million)
Production cost: $US35 million ($A49 million)
“It“ is the highest-grossing horror film ever and is regarded as one of the best Stephen King movie adaptations. Warner Bros and New Line have already scheduled It: Chapter 2 for September 6, 2019.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Global box office: $US1.26 billion ($A1.76 billion)
Production cost: $US160 million ($A224 million)
Beauty and the Beast is the best example of why Disney continues to draw on its massive library of successful animated properties and transform them in to live-action features. It’s also a casting triumph with Emma Watson establishing herself as a major star after being Hermione Granger in the eight Harry Potter movies.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Global box office: $US536 million ($A750 million) (still playing)
Production cost: $US250 million ($A350 million)
The Last Jedi notched the second-highest US opening weekend and the fifth-highest globally – even before a China release. It’s the ninth film in the iconic franchise, which shows no signs of running out of steam any time soon, thanks to a marketing campaign that effectively tapped into the massive fan base. Five months from now, Disney-Lucasfilm will again test fans’ Force fervor with the Han Solo spinoff on May 25 .