We take a look at some of the top movies of 2017
2017 was a year as eventful as ever when it came to movies. We saw some unique and exhilarating movie genres produced by different entertainment studios. The competition was almost as tough as always but this year there was one studio that clearly led the box office with a wide margin. Yes! Folks we are talking about Walt Disney.
The past year it was all Walt Disney. Disney’s long-term strategy proves that patience is indeed a virtue and if you play your cards well, it can reap dividends. Let’s take a look at some of the best movies of 2017 and it wont be a bummer as we tell you that our list will start with Disney itself.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Disney’s Star War series continues to impress is as it manages to captivate audiences in the same aura as it did 10 years ago. The franchise continues to be a financial power house for Disney. Despite being released late; the movie was able to accumulate $445 million in the domestic box office by Wednesday. Keeping our guesses in line with the pundits, forecast, the movie is destined to cross the $500 million mark by Sunday, toppling Beauty and the Beast’s top position in the box office. Globally the movie just in its third week has revenue of $920 million and set to cross the $ 1billion mark by Sunday.
The movie’s success comes amid disappointed fans. The movie received a rather low audience score but still was able to generate so much interest. This phenomenon is indicative of the brand equity that the Star Wars franchise commands. It was a long and tedious process, but it finally paid off for Disney.
Beauty and the Beast
The financial success of Beauty and the Beast shows how familiarity and conformity are tools that companies can use to bolster its success. Many have the perception that Disney’s famous mantra of fun family entertainment is aimed primarily to the children. But Beauty and the Beast reveals how a brand can be passed on from generation to generation. The children who first viewed the movie are now grown ups and parents on their own. The heritage of the brand has become a family heirloom.
Beauty and the Beast domestically has earned revenues of over $504 million. Globally the movie has also managed to amass the $1.36 billion. Disney so far has had success with its live adaptive classic animations (Jungle Book and Maleficent). The next film in the Disney series is the Lion King and we are sure it will break some records.
Fate of the Furious
The Fast and the Furious franchise is another franchise that continues to reap success. No matter how much the audience condemns the idea of flying cars and bizarre action scenes they continue to go to cinemas when the next installment is released. The movie while keeping it simple in the domestic box office with $225.7 million, has managed to make $1.23 billion.
Despicable Me 3
Dream Works continue to sustain its top position with its witty and humorous films. The third installment of Despicable 3 earned revenues of $264 million domestically and $1.03 billion world wide. Dream Works has always entertained us with new and different animated characters. The studio with its Shrek series kept us captivated for years. Now the Despicable Me series seems to have taken the helm from its predecessor.
Spiderman Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3, Thor Ragnarok
The next three movies are again part of the Disney roster. Disney’s captivating story telling and integrating skills are to be commended here. The combined domestic and global revenue for all three movies managed to surpass $1 billion and $2.5 billion respectively. Marvel and Disney are set to release Avengers: Infinity Wars next year. And with Disney’s latest acquisition plans of Fox we can see an even bigger extended universe as of now.
DC and Warner Bros earned $471 million domestically and over $800 million globally through Wonder Woman. The movie came as an unexpected financial success story. Director Petty Jenkins was given little before the movie release but considering the attention she has drawn, Warner Bros might just give her more autonomy and control over the Justice League project.
John Wick Chapter 2
Keanu Reeves was back as John Wick 2 . With tons of jam packed action the movie might have been straightforward but that worked for it very very well.
Based upon Stephen Kings novel of the same name IT arguably was the most talked about movie of 2017 and with good reason. The first part of the saga starring Pennywise was a critical and commercial success.