Female-fronted films were the highest grossing of 2017

Wonder Woman was the second-highest grossing film of 2017.
Wonder Woman was the second-highest grossing film of 2017. Photo credit: Image - DC Comics

Last year's three highest-grossest films in North America were all fronted by females. 

On New Year's Eve, Star Wars: The Last Jedi overtook Beauty and the Beast to become the top-grossing film of the year in the US and Canada. Both films were produced by Disney.

Wonder Woman, a hit for DC Comics, ranked as the year's third-most successful movie.

It's the first time the top three movies were all led by women since 1958, when South Pacific (starring Mitzi Gaynor), Auntie Mame (starring Rosalind Russell) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (starring Elizabeth Taylor) were the year's most-popular films.

The Last Jedi, which took $750m (US$533.1m), featured an ensemble of leads, but was widely praised for its strong female leads, including Daisy Ridley as Rey and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia. 

Beauty and the Beast starred Emma Watson, and made $710m (US$504m).

Wonder Woman starred Gal Gadot and made $580m (US$412.6m).


Top five films in North America for 2017 (in US$)


Star Wars: The Last Jedi: $533.1m

Beauty and the Beast: $504m

Wonder Woman: $412.6m

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: $389.8m

Spider-Man: Homecoming: $334.2m 


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