Can 2017 Become Highest Quality Movie Year of All-Time?

Yesterday while passing by the movie theater on the way home from work, I thought to myself, “This sure has been a great movie year!”

After sitting on that thought for a few more hours, I raced to another thought, “Is this the greatest mainstream movie year of all-time?”

While I did not go back through the last 40 years of blockbusters, but I did analyze each number one movie from the last 5 years up through Weekend 28 of each year. The findings were pretty alarming. Here are the rankings and some brief highlights:

Ranking Movie Year Avg. Tomato Score
1 2017 73%
2 2016 67%
3 2014 63%
4 2015 59%
5 2013 56%

The year of our Lord, 2017, is kicking some major butt.  Not only is it 6 percentage points higher than second place, but it is 17 percentage points higher than last place.  If the interest is present, I will gladly go further back through time and create a longer list.  But as of right now, I have a good hutch 2017 is one of the best movie years of all-time—maybe even the best movie year of all-time.

2017 High and Low: “Get Out”(99%) and “Transformers: The Last Knight” (15%)

2016 High and Low: “Zootopia” (98%) and “Ride Along 2” (14%)

2014 High and Low: “The Lego Movie” (96%) and “Ride Along” (18%)

2015 High and Low: “Inside Out” (98%) and Taken 3 (11%)

2013 High and Low: “Zero Dark Thirty” (92%) and “A Good Day to Die Hard” (14%)

Methodology: I pulled every movies that reached no. 1 at least one weekend during each year listed.  I did this up through weekend 28, which is this weekend.  So for example, 18 movies have reached no. 1 during 2017 thus far (yes, I’m assuming “War for the Planet of the Apes” goes no. 1 this weekend).  From there, I took each of the 18 movies’ Tomato Scores and came up with a simple average.

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Photos of 2017 Movies

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