The trade of cinema is one of the most discussed and forecasted topic of the present times we live in. As of late, there have been numerous films who went on to earn big and found themselves a place in the 1 billion grossers club. There have been 28 such films till date. And as we dawn in 2017, let’s have a look on films who have a potential to be in that club by the end of this year.
10. The Fate of The Furious
Release Date: April 14, 2017
The eight installment of the Fast and Furious franchise has created a lot of buzz prior to its release alike its previous installments.This time the story is set in New York. The trailers have hinted an antagonist shade of Vin Diesel’s character and it has stirred curiosity like never before amongst fans of the franchise. Since the previous installment amassed more than a billion at the box office, it has widely been speculated that the Fast 8 will repeat the feat.
9. Beauty and the Beast
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action remake of the 1991 animated film of the same name which is based on fairy tale by a French writer. The much awaited film has created quite a ruckus of its own and is finally releasing this year. It stars Emma Watson in the lead and contains all the right ingredients to come out as a big money spinner, and yeah, possibly find a place amongst 1 billion grossers.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Release Date: May 5, 2017
The first volume was an enormous success, beating everyone’s expectations. And every trailer and footage, that have been dropped for the second volume of Guardians of the Galaxy have been very well received. It won’t be a surprise if it grosses 1 billion, since the first part earned 780 million USD. The casting is just perfect and the addition of characters of Baby Groot and Sylvester Stallone as a member of Nova Corps, are like two extra cherries on top of a cake.
7. Despicable Me 3
Release Date: June 30, 2017
The third installment of the Despicable Me is slated for a June, 2017 release. The second installment earned 970 million USD internationally and the popularity of the characters can be deduced from the fact that a spinoff/prequel movie, Minions earned 1.16 billion USD. It would be a very safe bet to assume that the installment would definitely crunch in huge numbers.
6. Transformers: The Last Knight
Release Date:June 23, 2017
A direct sequel to Age of Extinction, The Last Knight is the fifth installment in the Transformers franchise, at the helm of Michael Bay, again. The previous two films of the franchise have earned over 1 billion, and we don’t see any reason why this part won’t be able to replicate the same numbers or even surpass it. The trailer looks great, the transformers looks intriguing and the tone of the film seems rejuvenated.
5. Spiderman: Homecoming
Release Date:July 7, 2017
Spiderman is one the most popular superheroes of all time. And that is the precisely the reason, MCU decided to include the character in its story line and the result was a third reboot. It will tell the origins of the Spiderman from a different angle. Tom Holland as Spiderman has already won our hearts with his not so cameo appearance in Civil War. He was simply spectacular and a treat to watch. Homecoming will also feature Tony Stark continuing mentoring Peter Parker. And of past is any indication, every stand alone Spiderman film has reached close to a billion. Hopefully, Homecoming will refute the settings and enter the club.
4. Thor : Ragnarok
Release Date: November 3, 2017
The first Thor Film earned 450 million and the next installment, The Dark World garnered 650 million at the box office. Ragnarok is the 17th film of Marvel Cinematic Universe and its grander than before. The path was quite righteously set by Civil War which became a billion grossing film. And the reasons to contemplate that Ragnarok will join the billion club of 2017 is thatHulk and Doctor Strange will be accompanying Thor in his third quest save Asgard from Hela and the impending doom, Ragnarok. Another reason being, Marvel Cinematic Universe can do no wrong when it comes to their content and execution. The fans take care of the rest.
3. Justice League
Release Date: November 17, 2017
So, this is something every DC fan have waited for too long. A live action Justice League film. The story is set a couple of months after the events of Dawn of Justice. After Superman’s demise, Batman and Wonder Woman assembles Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg, and the Justice League battles against the immortal ally of Darkseid, Steppenwolf. This is going to be the grandest of any DC event to date, and millions of DC fans out there will leave no stone un-turned in making this a billionaire film.
2. Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales
Release Date: May 26, 2017
This is the fifth installment of the franchise and two of the previous installments, Dead Man’s Chest and On Stranger Tides have already been able to achieve this feat. The fifth installment looks even more promising with the right amalgamation of dark and witty tone. Will Turner, played be Orlando Bloom returns to the franchise and Javier Bardem as Armando Salazar will be the main antagonist of the film. Apparently, Salazar has some old grudges against Jack Sparrow, from his initial days as the Captain of the Black Pearl. It simply couldn’t get more exciting.
1. Star Wars : The Last Jedi
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Expecting a Star Wars episode to gross a billion internationally would be a huge underestimation. The seventh episode, The Force Awakens came very close to achieve those numbers domestically. Internationally, it surpassed 2 billion. With Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) back in 8th episode, it can trigger some untapped nerves of box-office and an assumption that it would surpass Avatar won’t be an exaggeration.
References: Boxofficemojo.com and Wikipedia