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All hail Wonder Woman – and especially its director, Patty Jenkins. The blockbuster comic adaptation directed by the woman behind the Charlize Theron-Oscar winning Monster, offered the adventure of Diana Prince to a boffo debut. Jenkins’s film almost immediately broke records, as she now holds the title of the female director with the biggest domestic opening. Strong critical reception is sure to put Wonder Woman at the top of the D.C. feature film canon (and probably in the upper echelon of all superhero movies).

It’s a wonderful result that will hopefully prompt studios to give more women a chance behind the camera for big budget features. It’s a situation that still isn’t happening as often as it should be. To celebrate Wonder Woman’s fantastic debut, we’re looking at 10 of the highest grossing films directed by women. 

Frozen ($1.276 Billion) (Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee)

Go ahead, start singing “Let it Go.” We give you permission. Jennifer Lee co-directed (and wrote the screenplay) for this staggeringly successful animated adventure – and picked up the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, too.

Kung Fu Panda 2 ($665.7 Million) (Jennifer Yuh Nelson)

After a long career in animation, DreamWorks tapped Nelson to direct the sequel to its massive King Fu Panda hit – and the movie became an even bigger success. Nelson co-directed the sequel (see #5 on this list) and is going on to helm the sci-fi feature The Darkest Minds in 2018.

Mamma Mia! ($609.8 Million) (Philidia Lloyd)

Pierce Brosnan’s “singing” voice notwithstanding, the Phyllida Lloyd-helmed adaptation of the Abba musical is a toe-tapping delight. Lloyd would go on to direct the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady, again starring Meryl Streep – which won Streep yet another Oscar.

Fifty Shades of Grey ($571 Million) (Sam Taylor-Johnson)

The first film adaptation of the massively successful erotic novels was an enormous hit in 2015 for director Sam Taylor-Johnson, creating stars out of their attractive and frequently nude leads Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. Male director James Foley took over for the next two installments.

Kung Fu Panda 3 ($521.2 Million) (Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Allesandro Carloni)

Jennifer Yuh Nelson makes her second appearance on this list for her second installment in the Kung Fu Panda series, this time co-directed with Allesandro Carloni. There are supposed plans for more movies in the series – so there may be room for more Kung Fu female directors.

Shrek ($484.4 Million) (Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson)

The first installment in the massively successful Shrek series had a female co-director in Vicky Jenson (making her first appearance on this list). The Shrek franchise, in total, has grossed nearly three billion dollars over four films.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel ($443.1 Million) (Betty Thomas)

Betty Thomas directed one of the most fun movies of the 1990s (The Brady Bunch Movie) and the excellent Howard Stern bio-pic Private Parts, so it was nice to see her have a box office smash with another childhood revival, the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel, creatively entitled The Squeakquel. The movie was followed by two more installments.

Twilight ($393.6 Million) (Catherine Hardwicke)

The sparkly vampire-meets-werewolf Twilight series had a smash hit in the first installment, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (who rose to prominence through her excellent first feature, Thirteen). The entire series grossed well over three billion dollars worldwide.

What Women Want ($374 Million) (Nancy Meyers)

One of the rare original features on this list, Nancy Meyers’s smash rom-com (starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt) was one of the biggest box office hits of 2000. Meyers has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s most reliable directors, creating hits like It’s Complicated and The Intern.

Shark Tale ($367.3 Million) (Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman)

Vicky Jenson’s second appearance on this list is for the mafia-under-the-sea animated Shark Tale, which swam to big box office results in 2004. Jenson would move into live-action work, directing the feature Post Grad in 2009.

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