Summer is coming to an end, and with it, the summer movie season is also wrapping up, as movie studios take stock of their biggest releases of the season. While some movies were huge hits with moviegoers, others were undeniable flops and will likely fade into box office obscurity.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest winners and losers of the 2017 summer movie season.
The biggest hits (and most epic flops) of the summer movie season
WINNER: Wonder WomanThe first female-led superhero film was the clear victor of the summer, debuting to rave reviews and huge ticket sales. It also broke various records: It's the highest-grossing film in the DC cinematic universe, the highest-grossing film directed by a female director, and the highest-grossing superhero origin film (take that, Spider-Man!). To date, it's grossed more than $800 million worldwide.Warner Bros.
LOSER: The MummyNot even Tom Cruise could bring this franchise back to life. Universal was hoping to use The Mummy to launch their new Dark Universe series of movies, but audiences weren't interested in the humourless, uninspired action movie that happened to feature a movie star and a mythical creature. The big gamble will likely cost Universal more than $95 million.Universal
WINNER: Transformers: The Last KnightThey might be terrible films, but the Transformers franchise brings in money at the box office, especially overseas. The fifth installment in the Michael Bay-directed series brought in more than $600 million worldwide, so no matter what you may think of Transformers, a lot of people are still buying tickets for them.Paramount
LOSER: Valerian and The City of A Thousand PlanetsLuc Besson's ambitious sci-fi movie was the biggest French production in history, with a budget of more than $235 million. Sadly for the director — and the French film industry — the movie was a flop with critics and moviegoers alike, bringing in a mere $133 million worldwide.Lionsgate
WINNER: Girls' TripThe raunchy comedy about four women who experience a crazy weekend in New Orleans was a surprise smash at the summer box office, earning rave reviews (especially for co-star Tiffany Haddish) and showing great staying power as the weeks went on. The film is already the highest-grossing live action comedy of 2017.Universal
LOSER: Rough NightConversely, the similarly-plotted Rough Night (about a group of women experiencing a crazy bachelorette party) didn't connect with audiences at all. The Scarlett Johansson-led comedy debuted in 8th place at the box office and earned mixed reviews from critics; it's unlikely the movie will break the $50 million mark once the summer movie season closes.Columbia Pictures
WINNER: The Big SickThe indie romcom, based on the real-life story of how comedian Kumail Nanjiani and wife Emily V. Gordon fell in love, may not have blown up the box office, but it did succeed on an indie movie scale. Against a budget of only $5 million, the film grossed more than $36 million worldwide, and averaged more than $84,000 per screening. That plus rave reviews have given Nanjiani and Gordon a very good summer indeed.Amazon Studios
LOSER: The Emoji MovieWas anyone clamouring for this? The kid-targeted animated movie, literally about the internal lives of the emojis living in your phone, was both dull and cynically commercial. Studios kept it from critics until the last minute, but the critics bashed it anyway. In the end, the movie underperformed at the box office and will likely be forgotten, save for the occasional, "Remember when there was an emoji movie???" from confused movie fans.Columbia Pictures
Winner: DunkirkChristopher Nolan's war film was praised by critics and audiences for its ambitious portrayal of Allied soldiers needing rescue from Nazi-occupied France in 1940. Not only did critics say it's the director's best film to date, but audiences flocked to the theatres to see it. To date, the movie has grossed more than $412 million worldwide against its $100 million budget, and will probably perform well during Oscar season, too.Warner Bros.
LOSER: The Dark TowerAdapting Stephen King's complex, ambitious book series for film was always going to be difficult, but this attempt — starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey — was an utter failure. Somehow the movie clocks in at a mere 85 minutes and doesn't portray the spirit of the novels, and the bad reviews meant that audiences stayed away. The movie has only brought in about $86 million, meaning that there likely won't be a sequel. Sorry, Stephen.Columbia Pictures