Box office 2017: ‘It’ and ‘Dunkirk’ among Top 10 highest grossing movies so far this year

As summer ends, let’s take a look at the Top 10 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. Two newer entries are more of a surprise to see on the list: horror movie “It” and war flick “Dunkirk.”

“It” is adapted from the 1986 Stephen King novel and tells the story of seven kids in Maine who are terrorized by a frightening entity. This is the second on-screen adaptation following the 1990 ABC television miniseries of the same name. As of this writing, “It” (directed by Andy Muschietti) has amassed $223 million at the domestic box office after only two weeks. It’s rare for horror movies to become such success stories, as their subject matter and R ratings often scare away movie-goers.

Christopher Nolan‘s true-to-life “Dunkirk” movie tells the true story of Allied soldiers trying to survive on the beaches of Dunkirk, France during World War II. The film features little dialogue and notably relies on battle scenes to drive the action. “Dunkirk” currently comes in with a tally of $185 million domestically. The awards discussion is already beginning for “Dunkirk,” and our Oscar experts don’t seem to be worried at all that its summer release date could hurt its Oscar chances.

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Here’s a closer look at the Top 10 highest grossing films of 2017, so far:

1. “Beauty and the Beast” — $504 million

2. “Wonder Woman” — $411 million

3. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” — $389 million

4. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” — $330 million

5. “Despicable Me 3” — $261 million

6. “Logan” — $226 million

7. “The Fate of the Furious” — $225 million

8. “It” — $223 million

9. “Dunkirk” — $185 million

10. “The LEGO Batman Movie” — $175 million

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