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Box Office Supremacy in 2017


We’re now almost a third of the way through 2017 and the box office numbers (or as I call it “studio pissing contest”) are being dominated by two distributors so far. Walt Disney has the only film crossing the $1 billion mark, but Universal’s big opening last weekend for The Fate of the Furious is sure to be the next and highest grossing film for 2017. Universal also has a nice combination of moderate grossing films like Fifty Shades Darker ($378.8 million), The Great Wall ($332.0 million), Split ($274.1 million), Get Out ($184.7 million), and A Dog’s Purpose ($181.3 million).

Top 20 Worldwide Gross for 2017 (in millions) are as follows:

  1. Beauty and the Beast – $1,052.2
  2. The Fate of the Furious – $772.4
  3. Logan – $602.6
  4. Kong: Skull Island – $555.0
  5. Fifty Shades Darker – $378.8
  6. Your Name. – $353.3
  7. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage – $346.1
  8. The Great Wall – $332.0
  9. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – $312.2
  10. The Boss Baby – $310.4
  11. The LEGO Batman Movie – $305.3
  12. Split – $274.1
  13. Kung Fu Yoga – $254.2
  14. Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back – $246.6
  15. Get Out – $185.2
  16. A Dog’s Purpose – $181.3
  17. John Wick: Chapter 2 – $163.6
  18. Ghost in the Shell – $155.0
  19. Duckweed – $151.1
  20. Power Rangers – $129.6

While Universal is currently enjoying its moderately successful films, Disney is about to drop two megatons in May with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5th) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26th) Both of these films will also have the earning potential of crossing the $1 billion mark for the House of Mickey. Also keep in mind, Disney also has two other $1 billion potential earners in November with Thor: Ragnarok (November 3rd) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (December 15th). All that revenue-generating power, and we haven’t even listed Disney’s animated projects like Pixar’s Cars 3 (June 16th) and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Coco (November 22nd). I would go ahead and predict Disney as the 2017 winner. If only they managed to wrangle Spidey away from Sony.

Universal isn’t shying away from taking on the folks at Buena Vista with their releases of The Mummy (June 9th), Despicable Me 3 (June 30th), the Charlize Theron-starred John Wick clone Atomic Blonde (July 28th), and Pitch Perfect 3 (December 22nd). While not quite as impressive, it would still be good enough to take on any other studio. Warner Bros. is also in the hunt for box office dominance in 2017 with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (May 12th), Wonder Woman (June 2nd), Christopher Nolan’s next big project with Dunkirk (July 21st), visionary Denis Villeneuve’s entry of Blade Runner 2049, and Justice League (November 17th). The last two films could potentially be $1 billion earners as well.

All this competition and there’s only one true winner here – all of us.

Source(s): Box Office Mojo



Pete Taase once was a Sith Lord, but was brought back from the depths of dark side by his younglings and old VHS cassettes that require the tracking button to make the screen clearer to view.

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