‘Debacle’ - Despite ‘Wonder Woman,’ Moviegoing Hits 25-Year Low

Mark Judge | September 6, 2017
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Give people a strong, virtuous hero who believes in honor and opposed evil, a fresh story that kids can enjoy, and a charismatic star, and you can print money.

That’s the story Hollywood should hopefully learn as, aside from “Wonder Woman,” the summer of 2017 movie season turns out to be a flop as audiences rejected crude comedies and tired franchise films.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that, aside from “Wonder Woman” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” the 2017 summer box office was a bust. “Revenue plummeted 14.6 percent to $3.83 billion,” writes Pamela McClintock, “tying with summer 2014 to mark the worst year-over-year decline in modern history, according to final numbers released Tuesday by comScore. When adjusting for inflation, it's even worse.”

For the first time since 2006 that overall revenue didn't reach $4 billion.

Summer bombs included “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” “The Mummy,”Baywatch,and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Lights.” Franchises “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Transformers: The Last Knight” performed far below previous installments.

The bright spot in the summer of 2017 was “Wonder Woman,” directed Patty Jenkins' starring Gal Gadot. Wonder Woman has earned over $400 million in America, the only summer film to do so.

The film stars the iconic D.C. Comics superhero, a protagonist who battles evil, does not swear, and loves America. 

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