2017 was filled with the finest masterpieces that made their way to the big screen, that also includes those that are a part of my review of the top 10 most popular films for 2017. No matter their big-scale budgets, size, or subject matter, each of our selections had something to offer to the normal movie consumer. Before you view this, remember to check out our take on the most popular movies of 2015 and 2016.
And so without further ado, this is the top 10 most popular films for 2017 as per Box Office Mojo’s database.
10. Wonder Woman
While Batman v Superman as a whole was stifled by a director who did not know how comic books worked, Gal Gadot’s cameo as Wonder Woman in the film was praised generally, which led to heightened anticipation for her solo film. Patty Jenkins was employed to coordinate the independent motion picture, yet even she would not have expected that the film would do as well as it did. With its solid champion, an idealistic feel (unlike the rest of the DCEU motion pictures as of this writing), and an amazing focal execution by Gadot, Wonder Woman took off high undetermined. The film fulfilled the class requests of terrific activity yet Wonder Woman is substantially more than just a straightforward good vs evil fairy tale.
$412,563,408 (US) + $409,283,604 (Foreign) = $821,847,012 (Worldwide)
When the movie was first announced, I was one of those jerks who had skepticism that it was not going to perform well, and for good reason. With Man of Steel and Batman v Superman performing to overbearing criticism, it would seem that DC was already on a downward spiral towards shutting this shared universe down before it even got off the ground. But Wonder Woman finally came out, man oh man was I in for a genuine surprise.
This film is a testament to how DC at its best could actually compete against its superior comic book rival. The narrative is fluid, the plot points were well-written, the characters were all charming, and even the Princess of Themyscira herself gets a good amount of development as she experiences the harsh realities of how vile and sadistic the hearts of men are, and yet is still able to see the goodness in all of them.
9. Thor: Ragnarok
For the first time in his career, Taika Watiti was given control of a major planned film and he did wonders. I was not shocked that the film was so clever in its comedy – Watiti exceeds expectations at humor – I was really astonished at how delightfully the film was shot. The visuals were artistically dazzling and the beautifully retro feel of the film was complemented by Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song matched up splendidly to the fight scenes. Taika Watiti and Chris Hemsworth at long last made Thor fascinating.
$315,058,289 (US) + $538,912,347 (Foreign) = $853,970,636 (Worldwide)
Honestly, this is easily the best Thor film in the series. It stands out as a stark contrast when compared to its more serious predecessors. It was fleshed out as a comedy film with a Guardians of the Galaxy vibe, as in the wondrous yet chaotic alien planet, an epic sky battle aboard spaceships, and an insane amount of one-liners and jokes to boot. Once again, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston shine in the spotlight with their over-the-top performance as their respective characters. Cate Blanchett also does an awesome performance as the main villainess Hela.
But the one guy that stood out from the rest was the infamous Jeff Goldblum himself. His character of the Grandmaster is so enjoyably likable and his charismatic demeanor just takes the term ‘evil is cool’ to a whole new level.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
It’s okay to state that having the scale of the principal Guardians of the Galaxy overshadow Marvel’s sequel, set the bar insanely high. Since the release of the first film in 2014, movie studios with the right to comic books have sought to duplicate Guardians’ success in every imaginative way, with some achievement (Deadpool), and a ton of disappointment (Suicide Squad). So what did executive James Gunn and friends have arranged for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Well, with a clever story, comedic moments, and of course Baby Groot, Vol. 2 is nothing short of non-stop action, funny jokes, and more character development. Now all that’s left is for Baby Groot to say “I am Groot!”
$389,813,101 (US) + $473,942,950 (Foreign) = $863,756,051 (Worldwide)
The only Marvel sequel that can pull off repeating what the first movie did, and still turn out an awesome flick to watch. There’s nothing much to say except that Yondu and Nebula are both given a great number of character developments, and Kurt Russell also does a great job playing as Ego. With all the comedy and jokes that we have come to love from the first movie, Vol. 2 turns it all up to an eleven and goes all out.
7. Wolf Warrior 2
Depending on political beliefs, those in the West will be either entertained or triggered by the full-on nationalism that is Wolf Warrior 2, and by the film’s supposed insistence that Chinese military forces are more resilient and reliable compared to any other country. That aside, more apolitical moviegoers would simply enjoy the action scenes that Wu drives forth with his flawed but decent story, and dismiss all the heart-thumping as roughly akin to John Rambo’s wishes to refight the Vietnam War — and win this time!
$2,721,100 (US) + $867,604,339 (Foreign) = $870,325,439 (Worldwide)
Whether or not this film is meant to be Chinese patriotic, it can be as simply put as this, it is an okay movie. With its messy narrative and mixed message, Wolf Warrior 2 is just simply another film filled with military shenanigans.
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman wasn’t the only superhero to shine in a solo film that followed-up a team-up film. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War was considered by most as being better than Andrew Garfield’s version of the character. Thus, there was high anticipation with respect to his own solo feature, and fortunately, it more than delivered. Holland’s understanding of the character was simply impeccable, and he played the part with a boyish innocence and significantly more accessible than previous iterations of the character. Heck, even those who had been griping of Spider-Man being an Avenger needed to backtrack on their statements.
$334,201,140 (US) + $545,965,784 (Foreign) = $880,166,924 (Worldwide)
Out of all the MCU movies in recent memory, this is the first movie where I had a bit of doubt and concern. It was proven that the wall-crawling web-slinger was becoming sort of stale. The Disney animated TV series Ultimate Spider-Man felt a little bit more like a literal childish cartoon, and Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man films were failing to draw in the record numbers that Sam Raimi’s trilogy. So I was surprised and amazed by just how dazzling Spider-Man: Homecoming was.
5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Vastly superior to Joe Johnston’s preceding film, this crowd-pleasing frisk combines live action and breathtaking locations with coming-of-age comedy, all delivered in a shiny package for holiday audiences.
$403,341,093 (US) + $543,107,813 (Foreign) = $946,448,906 (Worldwide)
It’s hard to say whether this movie is a sequel to the 1995 Jumanji film or a modern retelling. But it’s definitely the kind of movie that works well-known comedians into sharing the big screen as they traverse the fantasy world itself and learn first-hand how video games work if they were real life, while at the same time also forging bonds of friendships amongst one another.
4. Despicable Me 3
A depressingly mindless corporate product that has so little on its mind other than presumably making hundreds of millions of dollars that so you can simply give up more on cash to buy the latest Minion merchandise or just to watch another constraint plot.
$264,624,300 (US) + $770,175,109 (Foreign) = $1,034,799,409 (Worldwide)
At this point, I am just trying as hard as I can to ignore all the dumb-down plots that this franchise has been dishing out. What was supposed to be a promising new series for millennial kids, wounds up becoming an unnecessary golden goose for Illumination to continue bleeding dry. Despicable Me 3, the Shrek 3 of Illumination, is nothing more than just a family film that is only kids-tolerant.
3. The Fate of the Furious
Like other recent movies in the franchise, this one saddles easily into cruise control, escalated only by its extraordinary stunt scenes. While The Fate of the Furious doesn’t really do anything different, it will not disappoint. The previous film, Furious 7, was probably the best in the series to date; now director F. Gary Gray is at the helm, and while he doesn’t explore steers the ship into uncharted waters, he also doesn’t sputter out.
$226,008,385 (US) + $1,009,996,733 (Foreign) = $1,236,005,118 (Worldwide)
When compared to Furious 7 before it, The Fate of the Furious is seen as a bit more toned down. Despite that, there is still enough action and car-wrecking madness to keep this film afloat and popular amongst its fans.
2. Beauty and the Beast
As dazzling as this film is, the live-action remake only pales in comparison to the marvelous wonder and spectacle that was the original, and it continues to suffer the nostalgia lackluster that plagues Disney’s remakes.
$504,014,165 (US) + $759,506,961 (Foreign) = $1,263,521,126 (Worldwide)
From Emma Watson’s auto-tuned singing to the poor retold story of the original animated classic, the film stands out amongst most other Disney remakes as perhaps one of the poorest when it comes to respecting the original source material. The spectacle that was Be Our Guest, the heart, and soul of Belle and the Beast’s growing relationship… all of that magic was missing from the remake.
1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
It should come as no surprise that a Star Wars motion picture became topped my best 2017 movies list. — but honestly, I was amazed by The Last Jedi, which might be one of the best in the franchise. In the hands of director and writer Rian Johnson (who will likewise manage a new spin-off Star Wars trilogy), The Last Jedi is wonderful to take a gander at and keeps track of the connections amongst its characters and how they interact with each other, notwithstanding the greater galactic story. Characters old and new are back, however they appear injected with new life, and the universe with a new type of hope. The motion picture’s best points of interest are in the solid bonds that are created amongst the characters, and I exited the film content that Star Wars is continuing to grow and evolve across the generations.
$620,143,021 (US) + $712,464,924 (Foreign) = $1,332,607,945 (Worldwide)
This might be seen as a bit polarizing, but I was quite happy with how the plot of this movie went about. From the shocking revelation of Rey’s parents to Snoke’s controversial end, it was all played out to carry the movie’s story from beginning all the way to the end. I have too much respect for Rian Johnson since he had dared to bring the Star Wars story out of the focus of the Skywalkers, and steer the franchise further into uncharted territory.