2017 Summer Box-Office Hits A Major Low

The Summer film season is officially over with overall ticket sales dropping to an estimated $3.8 billion this year – down 14% on last year and, unadjusted for inflation, the worst Summer film season since 2006.

Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” took the domestic box-office crown with $409 million, followed by James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with $389 million and Jon Watts’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” with $325 million.

Worldwide ‘Guardians’ had the edge with $863M to Wonder Woman’s $813M. Other strong domestic players this season were “Despicable Me 3” ($258M), “Dunkirk” ($180M), “Girls Trip” ($112M), “Baby Driver” ($105M) and “Annabelle: Creation” ($90M).

Not helping were notable big-budget bombs like “The Mummy” ($80M), “Alien: Covenant” ($75M), “Baywatch” ($58M), “The Dark Tower” ($48M), “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” ($39M) and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” ($39M).

Others were down considerably on their predecessors. Some like “War for the Planet of the Apes” ($145M) and “Cars 3” ($151M) by a little – around 25-30%, and some like “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” ($172M) and “Transformers: The Last Knight” ($130M) down by as much as 70% from their heyday a few films ago.

Overall yearly revenue has dropped to 6% behind last year’s totals as of the end of August, however September’s unusually strong line-up with “IT,” “American Assassin,” “mother!,” “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” and “LEGO Ninjago” are all expected to help things bounce back.

Source: EW