2017: the sequel … seven lessons for Hollywood after summer’s disasters

Traditional box-office wisdom has been overturned – but new audiences are starting to emerge

A string of critical and commercial duds failed to light up the US box office as Hollywood endured its worst summer in 25 years. But it was a good year overall for the global film market, with the box-office total set to edge ahead of 2016 with sales of more than $39bn (£29bn). Here are some lessons that the film business will have learned from some of the year’s most prominent releases.

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