Women-Led Films Ruled the U.S. Box Office in 2017

The three most successful movies at the U.S. and Canadian box offices were all female-driven films.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman were the box office winners this year, and each film was led by female characters. The Last Jedi featured Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Finn and Poe of course, but was rules by Rey, General Leia, Rose Tico and Vice Admiral Holdo (Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Kelly Marie Tran and Laura Dern.) Beauty and the Beast starred Emma Watson as Belle, and Patty Jenkin's Wonder Woman starred Gal Gadot as the Amazonian warrior Diana Prince - also known as Wonder Woman.

This long overdue phenomenon has never occurred in box office history — and the victories don't stop with the big, mainstream releases.

The top comedy of the year, Girls Trip, was also anchored by women, as was the top film to play in limited release, Lady Bird, which stars our own Saoirse Ronan.

But don't worry boys, you still made the Top Five. Marvel superheroes did some heavy lifting, with Chris Pratt's Star-Lord leading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to become the fourth biggest movie of the year, while Spider-Man: Homecoming rounded out the top five. Thor: Ragnarok and Logan also made the Top Ten.

Box office disappointments included Justice League, with Ben Affleck as Batman; The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow; Baywatch, led by Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron; and Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott.


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