Apparently we already made it six months into 2017, so tradition dictates I should look at the top grossing movies at the box office so far this year.
With $5,5557.3 million from January 1st to June 29th in the US, year to year box office is only slightly down compared to 2016, which had $11.4 million more. On the other hand 2017 is up compared to 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. And as you can probably tell from the picture above, Beauty and the Beast ended up making the most so far. At least in the US it was a pretty easy win for the live-action Disney musical. That was definitely not the case worldwide, but more on that later.
At this point a year ago we already had six movies past $300 million domestically, 2017 only has half that, Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Wonder Woman. On the other hand 2016 had 9 movies past $100 million while 2017 is at 13. You could say the box office was more evenly spread this time around, which is much better for the industry than what we had a year ago.
As far as original content goes (not a sequel or based on any property) 2017 is even with 2016, one title in the US top 10. In 2016 that movie was Zootopia, this year it was surprise hit Get Out. Unfortunately that’s just where we are right now. With budgets rising every year Hollywood is more risk averse than ever and this is not a situation that will probably ever change, not in today’s studio system. Worldwide it’s even worse with no original title in the top 10.
Only two animated movies made it into the US top 10, The Boss Baby and The LEGO Batman Movie, and of those two only the former is also in the worldwide top 10. Superheros had once again a fantastic first six months, 4 in the US top 10 and 3 worldwide. And we really got some absolutely amazing superhero movies so far in 2017, but at least at the box office the standout has to be Wonder Woman. Despite opening $62.7 million behind Batman v Superman, in just 28 days Wonder Woman overtook it to become the highest grossing DCEU film in the US. Make a good movie and people will come and then tell all their friends about how they too should go see it.
Here’s the US top 10, January 1st to June 29th 2017:
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $163.1 Million
9. Kong: Skull Island – $168.1 Million
8. The Boss Baby – $173.3 Million
7. Get Out – $175.5 Million
6. The LEGO Batman Movie – $175.8 Million
5. The Fate of the Furious – $225.3 Million
4. Logan – $226.3 Million
3. Wonder Woman – $330.5 Million
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $381.8 Million
1. Beauty and the Beast – $503.8 Million
Not a lot of surprises there, except of course Get Out and maybe The Boss Baby (at least for me). Beauty and the Beast was always the one to beat in the first half 2017 and nothing was strong enough to rise up to the challenge. Guardians Vol. 2 gave it its best, but it wasn’t enough.
While Beauty and the Beast was head and shoulders above the rest of the top 10 in the US, that was not the case internationally. With over $1 billion outside the US The Fate of the Furious is the international number 1, besting Beauty‘s $753.2 million. But the real race was worldwide and in the end it came down to Japan, so of course Beauty and the Beast won. Right now only $18.7 million separate the two, which is absolutely insane at this level. We’re talking about over $1.2 billion each at the box office, separated by less than $20 million.
Finally here is the complete worldwide top 10:
10. The Mummy – $356.3 Million ($284.6M internationally)
9. Fifty Shades Darker – $378.8 Million ($264.4M)
8. The Boss Baby – $491.7 Million ($318.4M)
7. Kong: Skull Island – 566.2 Million ($398.1M)
6. Logan – $615.9 Million ($389.7M)
5. Wonder Woman – $666.3 Million ($335.8M)
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $682.2 Million ($519.1M)
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $853.1 Million ($471.2M)
2. The Fate of the Furious – $1.238 Billion ($1.013B)
1. Beauty and the Beast – $1.257 Billion ($753.2M)
We’re only half way into 2017 and by the end of the year both top 10s will look very different, making room for titles like Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, Thor: Rangnarok, Justice League or Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now let’s wait and see who will be in and who will be out in another six months.