And the box office analysts have been busy. They've already got a list of what might be the Top 20 Movies for 2017... Box Office Prediction: 20 Highest-Grossing Movies Of 2017 » Short list: The Lego Batman Movie Cars 3* Kingsman: The Golden Circle (though I can't see how they're going to bring Colin Firth back) Logan (the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman) The Mummy (Universal reboots the franchise yet again with a new cast) Fifty Shades Darker (based on the best-selling sex novel) Dunkirk (new Chris Nolan WWII epic) Power Rangers (reboot of the 1980s TV show) War for the Planet of the Apes (more CG monkeys) Thor: Ragnarok Wonder Woman (an extension of the WB Superman franchise) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Marvel superhero/sci-fi sequel) Fast 8 (like Cars, only with actual humans) Spiderman: Homecoming (made by Marvel for Sony, featuring Robert Downey as Iron Man) Beauty & The Beast (live action Disney remake with fan favorite Emma Watson) Justice League (WB version of The Avengers) Transformers: The Last Knight (please make it stop) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Despicable 3 (featuring Minions and more Minions) Star Wars: Episode VIII Note that almost every single one of these is either a sequel or a remake or a reboot. I think Dunkirk is a real stretch for Nolan, and while this story has been told before, no doubt he'll put a unique spin on it. I think Guardians can't miss because it's got the Raccoon in it, and the early Spiderman clips seem to show that Marvel knows better than anybody else (especially Sony) how to tell those stories. It's interesting to me that Johnny Depp would make yet another Pirates movie, after six or seven huge bombs in a row (including Lone Ranger, Dark Shadows, and Alice Through the Looking Glass. The Fast & Furious movies to me have been getting worse and worse (maybe they can rename the series to Fast & Stupider), but by god, the movies make huge money -- over $1.5 billion. I don't get the 15 upcoming live-action remakes of classic Disney cartoons, and I think it's just lame and stupid beyond belief. But: I was wrong about Cinderella not making any money, since it did over $550M and cost under $100M (which is where all these films' budgets should be but generally aren't). Universal has really put the lid on the Illumination animated films, so the whole Despicable Me/Minions movies have been very economical but still made a fortune. I think they don't look nearly as polished as comparable films from Pixar or Disney, but they're not terrible. I honestly believe that the reason why Dreamworks Animation sold out is because Minions made over $1 billion and only cost $74M, which is chump change for a big feature-length cartoon. Almost all the Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks films start at $150M and went up from there. (Famously, Tangled cost $260M.) I don't know if the Kingsman movie concept is strong enough to turn into a whole franchise -- basically, James Bond at 20 -- but the last one did unexpectedly well and had some moments. I think Universal is flogging a dead horse with The Mummy; they desperately want another franchise, and reviving all their old horror movies has been booted around before. (Anybody remember The Wolfman?) But I dunno... there's a lotta been there/done that. I'm personally tired of the whole Apes thing, but no question the quality of the CG is impeccable. Star Wars is (pardon the pun) a force to be reckoned with, and the last one made $2 billion+. I see no reason why the next one won't do as well unless it unexpectedly sucks. Heck, the three prequels sucked (for many), and those made a total of $2.5 billion. 2017 is gonna be an interesting year for Hollywood... * I hate the whole Cars premise personally, but I don't dispute there's a big audience for it and even bigger merchandise and theme park ride potential.