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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is on track to be the years No. 1 hit
Marvel Entertainment, owned by the Walt Disney Co., reigns supreme for big-screen superhero flicks, with "Captain America: Civil War" becoming this year's No. 1 film internationally and No. 2 domestically. - photo by Chris Hicks
You may recall that last years No. 1 movie (for both domestic and worldwide box-office earnings) was Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

So the logical question is, will Rogue One: A Star Wars Story be this years No. 1 box-office hit?

Considering that, after only two weeks in theaters, the latest Star Wars movie already rests in the No. 9 spot on Box Office Mojos chart for North America and at No. 11 on the worldwide chart, theres a distinct possibility that it will reach the highest perch before all is said and done.

And if it doesnt quite overtake Finding Dory (No. 1 domestic) or Captain America: Civil War (No. 1 worldwide), its bound to be sandwiched in there somewhere.

Only time will tell. Well check back in a few weeks.

As expected, superhero/comic book action films and animated features dominated 2016 theatrical releases as well as 2016 box-office successes.

Heres the domestic box-office top 10: 1. Finding Dory, 2. Captain America: Civil War, 3. The Secret Life of Pets, 4. The Jungle Book, 5. Deadpool, 6. Zootopia, 7. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 8. Suicide Squad, 9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 10. Doctor Strange.

And the worldwide box-office top 10: 1. Captain America: Civil War, 2. Finding Dory, 3. Zootopia, 4. The Jungle Book, 5. The Secret Life of Pets, 6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 7. Deadpool, 8. Suicide Squad, 9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, 10. Doctor Strange.

Nos. 11-20 on the domestic list include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Moana, Jason Bourne, Star Trek Beyond, X-Men: Apocalypse, Trolls, Kung Fu Panda 3, Ghostbusters, Central Intelligence and The Legend of Tarzan.

And corresponding films on the worldwide list vary only a bit: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Mermaid (a Chinese fantasy), X-Men: Apocalypse, Kung Fu Panda 3, Warcraft, Jason Bourne, Ice Age: Collision Course, Independence Day: Resurgence, Monster Hunt (another Chinese fantasy) and The Legend of Tarzan.

Not a lot of differences, and no serious adult films in the mix, unless someone wants to quibble over Jason Bourne.

Lets face it, these days the motion-picture industry seems to be aimed primarily at children and at adults who have yet to put away childish things. And its likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future.

Dont get me wrong. I enjoyed Captain America: Civil War, Star Trek Beyond, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Moana and Zootopia as much as anyone, but there are so many now especially if you factor in all the TV shows devoted to similar themes and the stepped-up rivalry between DC Comics and Marvel Comics that superhero/cartoon fatigue should be investigated by the American Medical Association as a serious malady.

On the superhero front, we also had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Max Steel and Assassins Creed and, to stretch the point, The Accountant, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Inferno, some of which may not technically be superhero films, but theyre also not far afield. All involve someone saving the day, if not the world.

Among the animated features we also had Norm of the North, Boy and the World, Only Yesterday, Ratchet & Clank, April and the Extraordinary World, The Angry Birds Movie, Kubo & the Two Strings, Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon, Phantom Boy, The Wild Life, Storks, Long Way North and Sing.

And maybe Petes Dragon, The Jungle Book and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which certainly seemed more CGI-driven than live-action, should be included in that category too. And, even more arguably, such serious sci-fi as Arrival and Passengers.

On the other hand, 2016 dramatic films for grown-ups were top-heavy with true stories. Of course, how true they actually were that is, how much they adhered to historical facts over embellishment or outright fictional interpretation is up for debate.

From The Finest Hours to The Lady in the Van to Eddie the Eagle to Pele to Genius to Florence Foster Jenkins to Southside With You and too many others to list it was all about movies that were inspired by a true story.

And some in this category Sully, Denial, Loving and Deepwater Horizon were among my favorite films of the year.

So, even though fantasy will continue to dominate theater screens in 2017, we shouldnt give up hope. There always seems to be room for some thoughtful goodies, even if they remain in the minority.