There seemed to be a lot more bad than good that came out of 2017. Between sexual misconduct allegations and the rough political climate, by December we felt emotionally drained and disappointed. But there was a bright spot amongst the upheaval of last year. The three highest-grossing movies of 2017 were all female-led, marking the first time since 1958 that the three highest-grossing movies had women in the lead roles.
The highest-grossing 2017 film in the United States and Canada was Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
It’s total domestic gross currently sits at around $531 million, according to Box Office Mojo — and there’s more to come. The latest Star Wars installment starred Daisy Ridley as Rey and Carrie Fisher in her final performance as Princess-turned-General Leia. The film featured multiple female leads — all diverse, all strong, and all treated as equals amongst their male (and alien) counterparts.
Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson as Belle slid into second place with more than $504 million.
As pointed out by The Guardian, Watson previously told Vanity Fair that Belle was less of a “passive character” in the remake. The Disney princess was modernized for the 21st century and placed in charge of her own destiny.