There is simply no stopping superhero movies, even the DCEU.
2017 marks the first year that there were three Marvel Cinematic Universe movies released in the same year, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, which will all end the year in the top 10. Surprisingly, the superhero landscape this summer was dominated by a DCEU film, Wonder Woman, which became the first critical and commercial success the DCEU has had to offer so far. Even if the DCEU seemingly dropped the ball with Justice League, which suffered the worst opening weekend in the DCEU and will end its run as its lowest-grossing movie, this year certainly proved that there is no such thing as "superhero fatigue." If Logan stays in the top 10 that means half of the top 10 will be superhero movies, hailing from three different studios. That's quite an amazing feat, which proves that there isn't necessary any "brand loyalty" when it comes to superheroes, as long as the story they're telling is worth seeing, and unique.
The indie film scene is stronger than ever before.
Indie films don't get the same type of press most of the major studio films get, for many reasons, one of which is because they're released on a much smaller scale, but there were four indies that managed to put up some incredible numbers and even warrant nationwide releases outside of the arthouse theaters in New York and L.A. Perhaps the biggest indie hit of the year was The Big Sick, which put up $421,577 in its opening weekend from just five theaters, for an astounding $84,315 per-screen average. It expanded to 71 theaters the next weekend, where it took in $1.6 million for a $23,267 per-screen average, and again to 326 theaters, where it put up $3.5 million, cracking the top 10 in 8th place with a $10,971 per-screen average. It expanded to 2,597 theaters nationwide the next weekend, and it stayed in the top 10 for two more weeks, ultimately earning $42.8 million, which is quite the impressive feat for a movie like this. Lady Bird also made headlines earlier this year, when it took in $364,437 from four theaters for a $91,109 per-screen average, the highest ever for a female director (star Greta Gerwig, in her directing debut). Lady Bird also continued to put up strong numbers throughout its platform expansion, and it has currently taken in $25.9 million since its debut in early November. Theree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri debuted with $322,168 from four theaters for a $80,542 per-screen average, which expanded at a similar rate than The Big Sick and Lady Bird, and it has earned $21.3 million since its debut last month. These are just three examples of how indie film is stronger than it's ever been.
The Chinese box office market is more important than ever.
One of the most interesting box office stories of the year is the performance of The Fate of the Furious, which managed to put up $225.7 million domestic, good for ninth this year so far, yet fell far below Furious 7 ($353 million) and Fast & Furious 6 ($238.6 million). However, it is currently the second highest movie worldwide, with $1.235 billion, just barely below the $1.263 billion of Beauty and the Beast). It accomplished this almost entirely thanks to China, where it opened with $184.9 million, the biggest debut ever for a Hollywood movie in China, en route to $392.8 million in the Middle Kingdom alone. Its China tally also helped the movie secure its record for all-time global opening weekend with $541.9 million, exceeding the $529 million record set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. It's also interesting to note that, if you look at the global 2017 charts, you'll see a Chinese movie called Wolf Warrior 2, which earned just $2.7 million in the U.S., but earned an all-time Chinese record $854.2 million. Thanks to grosses in a few more select markets, its $870.3 million tally is the fifth highest tally worldwide this year, and the $854.2 million it earned in China is the second largest from one single market in box office history, behind the $936.6 million record-breaking North American tally of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.