Most of the business reviews of the film industry in 2017 have concluded that this has been a down year — US box office attendance continues to fall, this year even faster than prices climbed. Total box office revenues declined 1–3% compared to 2016, and the number of tickets sold fell by 4–6% from the previous year. The total theater ticket volume was about the same level as 1995, when there were 60 million fewer people living in the country.
The DVD segment of the industry continues to shrink rapidly; three of the DVDs launched in 2016 — Zootopia, Deadpool, and Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens — outsold the top DVD for 2017, Moana, and total consumer spending on DVDs fell by 39% compared to 2016.
The film industry is in the midst of one of its greatest upheavals with Netflix and Amazon aggressively investing in both new productions as well as the infrastructure to support streaming distribution service growth in more and more countries. Disney is acquiring Fox Searchlight and planning its own streaming service, currently scheduled to launch in 2019.
And, according to IMDB, more than 12,600 films were created and shown in theaters, plus tens of thousands more that went straight to streaming video without a theatrical release.
Few of these films achieve perfect ratings from the major review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes. Here are the ones that achieved the top scores in 2017:
Rotten Tomatoes Wide Release Top Films
- Get Out (99% Tomatometer)
- Lady Bird (99%)
- The Big Sick (98%)
- Coco (97%)
- Logan (93%)
- Baby Driver (93%)
- War for the Planet of the Apes (93%)
- Hidden Figures (93%)
- The Shape of Water (93%)
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (93%)
- Dunkirk (92%)
- Wonder Woman (92%)
- Thor: Ragnarok (92%)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (92%)
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi (90%)
Rotten Tomatoes Limited Release Top Films
- Faces Places (Visages, Villages) (100% tomatometer)
- God’s Own Country (99%)
- City of Ghosts (99%)
- I Am Not Your Negro (98%)
- My Life As a Zucchini (Ma Vie de Courgette) (98%)
- Truman (98%)
- Call Me By Your Name (97%)
- Mudbound (97%)
- The Salesman (Forushande) (96%)
- The Florida Project (95%)
Many of these films can be viewed through one of the top streaming services today. Support quality film and reward yourself at the same time.