LOS ANGELES — Sorry, Batman. So close, yet so far away, Star-Lord. Better luck next time, Captain Jack Sparrow.
Rather, the three most popular movies at theaters in the United States and Canada in 2017 — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Wonder Woman” — were each driven by female characters, something that has not happened in at least 37 years, as far back as full box-office data is available. 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.”
“Women truly emerged as the giants of cinema this year,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior comScore analyst, adding Oscar contenders like “The Shape of Water,” “The Post,” and “I, Tonya” to the list.
Between Friday and Sunday, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Walt Disney Studios) collected an estimated $52.4 million to become the No. 1 movie of 2017 in North America, with a three-week total of $517 million. Overseas, “The Last Jedi” has taken in an additional $523.3 million and has yet to arrive in China, the world’s second-largest movie market.
Disney also had the No. 2 movie of the year. The live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” with Emma Watson as the warbling Belle, collected $504 million at domestic theaters. Directed by Bill Condon, “Beauty and the Beast” took in $759.5 million overseas.
Third place went to that breaker of comic-book movie glass ceilings, “Wonder Woman,” which lassoed $412.6 million in domestic ticket sales ($409.3 million overseas) for Warner Bros., minting two new A-list stars in the process — actress Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins.
Overall, the year was a mixed one for studios and theater owners. Domestic ticket sales totaled about $11.12 billion, a 2.3 percent decline from last year and on par with results for 2015.
“Lodge 49,” “Forever,” “Mr Inbetween” and six other series that stand out in a very crowded field.Continue reading »
An exhibit of early photography is full of marvels, while one focusing on Pompeii conveys an apt sense of gravity.Continue reading »
The agenda-heavy documentary tries to cover every aspect of the crisis in American higher education.Continue reading »
The 13 paintings by Christina Ramberg on show at the Institute of Contemporary Art feel urgently alive.Continue reading »
After 50 years, no version of this story is untold, and this telling is no truer than the rest.Continue reading »
Shahzia Sikander combines ancient and modern techniques in her work, creating animations that teem with layered meanings and disparate messages.Continue reading »
A compendium of items about current and documentaries.Continue reading »
This is an excerpt from “The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories” by Marina Keegan.Continue reading »
The book traces his life from Louisiana sharecropper to legendary blues guitarist.Continue reading »