(NBC News Channel) - As we approach Labor Day, that means the sun is setting on Hollywood's blockbuster movie season, and it was not a good summer! Ticket sales were way down in the U.S. compared to last year. But there were still some very memorable films.
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Even "Wonder Woman" couldn't rescue the American summer movie season, despite becoming the highest-grossing superhero origin story in history!
But big budget sequels are also part of the summer movie diet, and you'll find several on this year's top money list.
"Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume Two" was the number two movie of the season, but made more box office coin than the original. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is next with a brand new Peter Parker, followed by "Despicable Me 3."
But the waters get murky with the fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film. It made an estimated $170 million in the U.S., but cost $60 million more than that to make according to Box Office Mojo.
It walked the plank alongside "Transformers: The Last Knight," "The Mummy" and "Alien: Covenant," falling short of expectations. But truly big-budget bombs "King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword" and "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" ended all talk of potential sequels.