As we close the books on 2017, I’ve given the site staff a reprieve from doing a new Roundtable this week. Instead, I’ll leave our readers with a question: What was your favorite blockbuster movie of 2017?
For the purposes of this poll, I have a rather simplistic definition of “blockbuster.” I’ve compiled a list of any movie that grossed at least $100 million domestically. Admittedly, this is an imperfect criterion. Some of these movies may have actually been considered box office disappointments relative to their inflated budgets (e.g. ‘Justice League’). Other, smaller-budgeted movies may have been very successful despite not crossing the $100 million mark. (‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ did quite well with $75 million domestic from a $30 million budget.) And still more movies may have earned the majority of their money overseas while American audiences ignored them (‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’). Nonetheless, as far as completely arbitrary rules go, I think this is good enough to get a conversation started. $100 million is still a lot of tickets sold and butts in seats.
I’m going to force you to choose just one favorite from the list. There will be no voting for multiple titles this time.
Of the options, I’ve seen ‘Baby Driver’, ‘Cars 3’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, ‘Kong: Skull Island’, and ‘The Lego Batman Movie’. I enjoyed them all to some degree, but I laughed my ass off from start to finish during ‘Lego Batman’ and still feel that I only caught about half of the rapid-fire jokes. That one gets my vote.
I still need to catch up with several major titles on this list.