Though the box office isn’t pulling in as big numbers as it has done in the past, there are still some brilliant movies out there raking in a nice amount for their respective movie studios. Now that we’re almost halfway through the year, we’ve decided to take a look at the five biggest successes worldwide in 2017 so far, so read on to find out what they are and how much they’ve made…

5. Kong: Skull Island ($565 million)

Perhaps a shocking one to start things off, as it’s not been given the same sort of attention as superhero films or the like in the past couple of months. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, this monster movie introduced a selection of adventurers, scientists and soldiers who teamed up to explore an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Cut off from everything they know, they enter the realm of Kong and ignite a battle between man and nature like nothing ever seen before.

4. Logan ($607.3 million)

Hugh Jackman enjoyed his final outing as Wolverine in this last hoorah, as his character was tasked with not only looking after an ailing Professor X, but a young girl who showed mutant powers similar to his own. It’s no wonder this film took in big bucks despite being rated R, as Jackman’s performance in the role is widely seen as one of the best in a superhero movie, ever.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($732.6 million)

Space-traveling superheroes Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot returned for James Gunn’s second helmed-outing of the Marvel franchise. Before the first Guardians film, you would have been hard-pressed to find anybody who knew who the Guardians of the Galaxy outside of the most hardcore of Marvel comic book readers. Now they’re some of the world’s most favourite superheroes, and with a third instalment to the series on the way, we can’t wait to see what they get up to next.

2. The Fate of the Furious ($1.212.6 billion)

Vin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson once again headed up the cast, as the Fast & Furious franchise proved it’s got plenty of life left in it yet. Here, Diesel’s character was sucked straight back into a life of crime by a mysterious woman known only as Cipher. Leaving behind the family that he had built and become an integral part of, the group were forced to try and bring him back to reality and a journey he could be proud of.

1. Beauty and the Beast ($1.221.8 billion)

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast

This Disney live action adaptation of the classic of the same name was certainly going to bring big numbers of audiences to the movie theatre, but nobody could quite predict it would be this much of a success. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens took the titular roles, with Welsh actor Luke Evans playing the villainous Gaston and Josh Gad playing Disney’s first explicitly gay character in Le Fou. Telling the same story most of us know and love, it was a perfect example of how sometimes, something was brilliant enough the first time round that just minor changes have to be made to allow a refreshed version to succeed.

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