What's the top-grossing film directed by a woman? (Hint: It's not 'Big' or 'You've Got Mail' or 'It's Complicated,' and it's certainly not 'The Hurt Locker.')
Give up? It's 'Kung Fu Panda 2.' As Entertainment Weekly's Inside Movies blog notes, Jennifer Yuh Nelson's summer 2011 cartoon hit has grossed $637.6 million worldwide, beating the record set by Phyllida Lloyd's'Mamma Mia!' ($609.8 million) in 2008.
EW crunches the numbers to cite other top-grossing movies by women. Biggest domestic hit is 'Shrek' ($267.7 million), co-directed by Vicky Jenson. For a woman directing solo, the top domestic hit is 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel' ($219.6 million), directed by Betty Thomas.
Notice something about these top hits? Aside from 'Mamma Mia!', they're all animated or animated/live-action mixes and all for kids. Which is fine; it's great that women, who make up just 7 percent of Hollywood's active directors, are getting to make the kind of family films that are practically a license to print money. But where are the plum jobs for women in, oh, all the other genres?