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Women Take The Box Office!

For the first time since 1958, the top-grossing movies of 2017 all had female leads.

The times, they are a-changing! For the first time in almost 60 years, female-driven movies made the top three grossing films of the year, according to statistics on Box Office Mojo. DC’s “Wonder Woman” with our very own member of the tribe, Gal Gadot, came in at number three, grossing in $412 million. Next came Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” ($504 million), and Lucasfilm’s “The Last Jedi” ($533 million) at number one. This is the first time female leads have, well, led since 1958 when “South Pacific,” “Auntie Mame,” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” topped the box office.

Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince, Emma Watson’s Belle, and Daisy Ridley’s Rey, Carrie Fisher’s General Leia, Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Holdo, and Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico were part of the year’s most assertive and powerful cinematic women of the last year. Zoe Saldana’s Gamora (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”) and Sophia Lillis’s Beverly Marsh (“IT”) aren’t far behind on the list. 

But off-the-screen in Hollywood, 2017 was arguably the year of the modern super-heroine, as actors spoke out against Harvey Weinstein and other powerful figures in entertainment, igniting the #metoo movement against sexual harassement that spread out into media and politics, topplng long time predators and encouraging actionable change in the industry. Gadot herself posted a statement in October saying, “Bullying and Sexual Harassment are unacceptable! I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand. We areal united in this time of change.”

Gadot added to her statement in person when talking to Entertainment Tonight: “There’s been a lot written about how I feel and my views about this topic and everyone knows how I feel about it,” Gadot said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “The truth is, there are so many people involved in making this movie and they all have echoed the same sentiments.”  

Prolific producer Brett Ratner was removed from the making of "Wonder Woman 2" by Warner Brothers after accusations of sexual harrasment were made against him. And while a report did circulate that Gadot refused to appear in the sequel unless he were fired, it was actually false because Ratner had already been axed due to  the allegations. Still, it's a testament to the studio's zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind, which shouldn't play a part behind the scenes of any industry, let alone those of a female-centric franchise like "Wonder Woman." 

"That whole thing [with Ratner] happened weeks ago, so that actually had nothing to do with Gal, that was a foregone conclusion, I think. I was surprised by that story," said director Patty Jenkins also speaking to ET.

Here's to 2018, and more strong women like these!

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