The three highest-grossing movies of the year were all female-led, so at least 2017 ended on a good note

Olivia Harvey
The three highest-grossing movies of the year were all female-led, so at least 2017 ended on a good note

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.

Finally, Wonder Woman ranked third at about $412 million.

Starring Gal Gadot as the badass female superhero, Wonder Woman is also the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman ever. Looking at you, Patty Jenkins.

Joining these three films, amongst the top is Girls Trip. Starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip earned a top comedy spot for last year.

It sounds to us like we are entering a much-needed era of women winning in Hollywood. Let’s keep the feminist vibes and female-led highest-grossing movies going in 2018.