The 5 Biggest Box Office Hits of 2017 So Far
Now we’re more than halfway through 2017, it seems a good time to assess the five biggest hits at the box office so far.
Back in April, Play Cosmo put together a list of the most anticipated films of this year, and it may come as a surprise that only one is in the top five box office smashes so far…
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
(Release date: 19 April 2017)
In a review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Telegraph described the film as looking “like an explosion in a nursery school craft cupboard”. And it’s clear that cinemas across the world must’ve been similarly chaotic.
On the last day of May, Forbes reported that the film was about to cross the $800 million-dollar mark at the international box office. This makes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 the fifth-biggest adaptation of the Marvel Comic Universe of all time.
Despicable Me 3
(Release date: 30 June 2017)
At the time of writing, Despicable Me 3 has made well over half a billion dollars, which puts it well ahead of the two previous films in the series. In fact, the third instalment boasted the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time for an animated film in Argentina, Brazil, Estonia, Egypt, the Netherlands and many others. Its gross revenue from its opening weekend in 52 countries was $98.1 million.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales/Salazar’s Revenge
(Release date: 11 May 2017)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has amassed almost $600 million at the international box office. The fourth instalment of the Johnny Depp vehicle was called “disappointing” after it failed to match the opening weekend box office performance of its immediate predecessor, On Stranger Tides.
Yet the fact that a domestic gross of $78 million was seen as any kind of failure highlights the huge popularity of the series. The latest film looks well on course to bring in a global total of at least $800 million by the end of its run.
Beauty and the Beast
(Release date: 23 February 2017)
Back in May, Variety hailed Beauty and the Beast as “the highest grossing PG film of all time”. By achieving this, it broke the short-lived record set by Finding Dory ($486.3 million in the US and $1.029 billion worldwide).
By the end of its run, Beauty and the Beast had grossed $487.7 million in the US and an incredible $757 million worldwide. That’s more than Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which brought in a ‘paltry’ $474.5 million back in 2002!
The Fate of the Furious
(Release date: 12 April 2017)
It’s certainly unusual for the eighth film in a franchise to outfox its predecessors at the box office. But the final film in the series did much more than that! In fact, Fate of the Furious enjoyed the biggest opening weekend of any film in the international box office for 15 years, with ticket sales of $532 million. Having already crossed the $1 billion mark, the film became the only the sixth in history to do so.
Out of the above list of box office hits, which is your favorite?