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Georgia made more top 100 box-office hits in 2017 than California, New York

The Hollywood of the South raked in the most top-grossing films in the country in 2017, according to Film L.A.’s fifth annual feature film study.

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Unlike 2016, when Georgia held the top spot in the world with 17 projects, Canada emerged the victor with a record 20 films. It’s the country’s first time in the No. 1 spot.

Both the United Kingdom and the Peach State brought in 15 productions each. California carved out 10 top-grossing films, followed by New York with six.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, “the official film office of the city and county of Los Angeles found that the features — whose budgets ranged from $4.5 million to more than $300 million — spent half of their production budgets in the U.S. That was the lowest share for the U.S. since FilmL.A. began its tracking in 2013.”

For the third year in a row, California hasn’t created a single live-action movie with a budget of more than $100 million, according to the report.

Georgia made the largest commitment in North America with an investment of $800 million, but the U.K. invested even more — $822 million.

(Film L.A.)

The total production spending in North America for the top 100 films surpassed $7.5 billion.

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In 2008, Georgia passed tax credits that led to the boom of film and TV in the region.

“Tax credits for film and television productions are rarely used to reduce taxes for filmmakers,” the FilmL.A. report noted. “Instead, their main function is to finance a portion of the film.”

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In addition to the more than 70 TV productions in the state, such as “The Walking Dead,” “Atlanta” and “Stranger Things,” 2017’s box-office hits featured hits like “I, Tonya” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Georgia-filmed 2018 blockbusters “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” are sure to make a splash in next year’s report.

A full list of 2017’s top movies filmed in Georgia:

  • A Bad Mom’s Christmas
  • All Eyez on Me
  • American Made
  • Baby Driver
  • Baywatch
  • Fist Fight
  • Gifted
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • I, Tonya
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (secondary)
  • Logan Lucky
  • Pitch Perfect 3
  • Rings
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • The Fate of the Furious
  • Thor: Ragnarok (secondary)
  • Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween 

Download the full Film L.A. report at filmla.com.

About the Author

Fiza Pirani is a web producer and writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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