Worldwide: Kung Fu Panda 2, Jennifer Yuh Nelson ($637.6 million)
U.S. Domestic female co-director: Shrek, Vicky Nelson ($267.7 million)
U.S. Domestic, female sole director: Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakquel, Betty Thomas ($219.6 million)
U.S. Domestic, non-animation: Twilight, Catherine Hardwicke ($192.8 million)
Movieline analyzes the numbers and asks: Is there a "Smurf Ghetto" for women in Hollywood?
Maybe, as has been said regarding the lack of females creating mainstream comics, they (multiple choice):
a. "Don't try hard enough"
b. "Aren't really interested in" genres like live-action blockbuster franchises or prestige dramas
c. "Aren't good enough"
d. "It's a mystery to me why more women aren't directing these movies! An absolute baffling mystery!"
e. "What do you mean there aren't successful females directing live-action blockbusters? Just look at Twilight! They could direct more Twilight!"
What is the answer to all this? Do we "get more female live-action blockbuster directors, stat!"?
"As EW notes, the top domestic hit directed by a woman that doesn't involve talking CGI animals is 'Twilight,' which grossed $192.8 million. Sure, Stephenie Meyer's books were already huge, but Catherine Hardwicke's adaptation of the first novel was not only a smash, but it set the tone for the whole franchise through her visuals and casting choices. And what's her reward? She's canned by the studio because she wants to take her time on the second film and make sure it's good instead of rushing it to capitalize on a hot trend."The next