As August begins, let’s take a look at the Top 9 biggest money-makers at the domestic box office so far this calendar year. It should be no surprise to see remakes, sequels and comic book heroes at the top of the pack, with the 2017 version of “Beauty and the Beast” (directed by Bill Condon) being the leader with a whopping $504 million at the U.S. box office. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens play the iconic Disney characters in the live-action adaptation which is a hot Oscar contender in many of the technical categories.
Coming in second place is Patty Jenkins‘ “Wonder Woman” with $395 million. Jenkins is the only female director to make the Top 9 list. Can she become only the second woman in Oscar history to win Best Director? Gal Gadot takes on the role of the comic book heroine in the most successful superhero film of the year.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (directed by James Gunn) has raked in $387 million so far, good enough for third place on the 2017 chart. That’s $50+ million more than the original 2014 film, which suggests we’ll probably be seeing more Groot and co. in the not-too-distant future.
Jon Watts‘ “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Marvel’s first solo flick starring Tom Holland in the trademark red costume, is next with $278 million and counting. Reviews of the new Spidey film have been mostly positive, though some critics were not happy with “Homecoming.
Animated sequel “Despicable Me 3” comes in fifth place with $230 million, proving the power of those cute little yellow minions. Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin and Eric Guillon co-directed this third installment of the Universal hit franchise.
Sixth-place “Logan” (directed by James Mangold) comes in at $226 million. That makes it the fourth most successful film in the “X-Men” franchise, following “Deadpool” ($363 million), “X-Men: The Last Stand” ($234 million) and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” ($233 million).
Rounding out the list are seventh-place “The Fate of the Furious” (directed by F. Gary Gray) at $225 million, eighth-place “The LEGO Batman Movie” (directed by Chris McKay) at $175.7 million and ninth-place “Get Out” (directed by Jordan Peele) at $175.4 million.