Google has recently released its top 10 search data for 2017. Movies are always a popular subject for Google searches, and this year is no different, despite the troubles Hollywood has been experiencing at the box office.
In spite of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi this month, as well as the success of several blockbusters like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Raganrok, and Pixar’s Coco among others, 2017 is projected to fall below 2016‘s tally at the domestic box office. Summer was especially rough for Hollywood as several would-be tentpoles like King Arthur: Legend of The Sword, The Mummy, and Transformers: The Last Knight either underperformed or outright bombed.
Interestingly, the movies ranked below as Google’s top ten most searched for movies 2017 are nearly all successes critically and commercially. Perhaps the lesson is fans generally tend to search more about movies they liked rather than movies they disliked or heard were bad.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at the top 10 Google trending movie searches for the year:
Christopher Nolan’s ambitious World War II epic Dunkirk became the highest grossing WWII film at the global box office. The film starred Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and marked the cinematic acting debut of Harry Styles from One Direction.
Using IMAX cameras to film 75% of the movie, Nolan depicted the heroic evacuation of 400,000 British soldiers from the beach at Dunkirk, France by jumping between three different timelines. The result was a nerve-racking and intense but rousing blockbuster unlike any other this past summer, which continued to cement Nolan as one of the most visionary and successful filmmakers in Hollywood.
9. HIDDEN FIGURES
Director Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures was a box office smash that told the inspiring true story of the brilliant but previously unknown African American women at NASA who helped launch astronaut John Glen into orbit and changed the course of the Space Age and of history.
Hidden Figures received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, helping to add much needed diversity to the Best Picture race along with Fences, Lion, and the eventual Best Picture winner Moonlight. Hidden Figures also broke barriers for being a hit film led by a cast of African-American women including Taraj P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer, who received her second Oscar nom for Best Supporting Actress.
8. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 was the first of three Marvel Studios films this year and is Marvel’s highest grosser at the domestic box office (though Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed more total worldwide). Vol. 2 reunited Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel, added Sylvester Stallone to the MCU, and pit the Guardians against Kurt Russell as Peter Quill’s father, Ego.
Guardians, Vol. 2 was a deeper study of the bonds of family for everybody’s favorite ragtag band of intergalactic Marvel misfits, set to an eye-poppingly colorful palette and Gunn’s choice cuts of his favorite 1970s and 1980s songs in its soundtrack. The result was both a rousing Marvel space adventure and an emotionally affecting crowd pleaser.
7. BABY DRIVER
Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver was the fan favorite director’s biggest ever box office hit and is a uniquely rambunctious car chase and heist film powered by Wright’s eclectic soundtrack. Anson Elgort headlined as Baby, a professional wheelman under the thrall of a criminal mastermind played by Kevin Spacey, who falls in love with a waitress played by Lily James.
With a fearsome band of criminals played by Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, and Elia González, Baby Driver delivered an electric cinematic experience where sound and action merged together in thrilling sequences of chases and shootouts.
James Mangold’s Logan marked the end of Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the Wolverine after 17 years, and they closed out the story of the adamantium-clawed mutant hero in grand epic fashion. Taking their cues from classic Westerns, Logan portrayed an old Wolverine and an even older Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart also reprising his role for the final time) taking a young mutant girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) on a fateful road trip.
An ultra-violent, R-rated superhero tale aimed at adults, Logan nevertheless was a critically acclaimed box office smash cementing the popularity of both Wolverine the character and Jackman himself. Logan also was a rare superhero movie that left adult men in the audience teary-eyed at the end, and even received a black and white version called Logan Noir.
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