The last year has arguably been defined by big-budget blockbuster releases, with movies such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Spider-Man: Homecoming routinely dominating the box office in full releases. However, there's another category in which smaller films sometimes have a chance to thrive: limited release. In that regard, we finally have concrete information on 2017's more modest film debuts, and The Big Sick achieved the best box office performance of them all.
Of all the films that debuted in limited release in 2017, Michael Showalter's The Big Sick managed to take the top box office spot. The film garnered $42.87 million in total at the domestic box office, plus an extra $12.5 million overseas. This is already an impressive feat in its own right, but considering the fact that the film was produced for a relatively low budget of $5 million, the amount of bang was apparently well worth the bucks it took to get the movie made.
The Big Sick was not the only limited release movie that did well at the box office this year. In addition to the true story romantic comedy, 2017 also saw films like Taylor Sheridan's Wind River, Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird all do reasonably well relative to their budgets. That said, The Big Sick stands out as the clear winner in terms of sheer financial performance.
One thing worth mentioning about Deadline's report on 2017's limited release box office totals is the fact this year saw a notable drop over 2016's limited releases. Specifically, although 2017 movies brought in roughly $520 million, that is a dip when compared to the $550 million garnered by films released in 2016. Looking at the big picture, the overall box office was not quite as strong as last year (particularly considering the total 2.3% drop for all domestic releases), but for movies like The Big Sick, it was a triumph.
Of course, in addition to the fact The Big Sick overperformed at the box office, the movie's popularity could also go a long way now that awards season has begun. In fact, earlier this year while speaking to CinemaBlend about his work on The LEGO Ninjago Movie, The Big Sick star Kumail Nanjiani opened up and admitted that he would like the film to receive Oscar recognition when The Academy Awards roll around. We have no idea if that will happen, but mainstream popularity can never hurt a film's chances.
Congratulations to The Big Sick for achieving this box office honor, but now it is time for us to once again look ahead to the future. More specifically, if you are curious about more up-to-date information on all of the films that will debut this year, you can take a look at CinemaBlend's comprehensive 2018 movie premiere guide!