Who says women can’t lead blockbusters?
If there’s anything 2017 has highlighted, we sorely lack diversity in movies, with the fear that movies that aren’t driven by (usually white) men won’t cash in the big numbers at the box office. And while we have a long way to go, 2017’s highest-grossing films should prove this otherwise.
In what is perhaps an ironic turn of events given the sexual harassment allegations that have surfaced late of last year, three of the highest-grossing movies of 2017 are all female-driven. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, featuring strong female leading roles such as Rey, General Leia and Rose, overtook fellow Disney film, the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast as last year’s highest-earning movie.
Meanwhile, DC finally has a superhero blockbuster in their hands, as Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot has come in at number 3.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi cashed in $533.1 million, while Beauty and the Beast made $504 million. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman made a total of $412.6 million.
Here’s to more diverse films this 2018!
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