As of last weekend Kung Fu Panda 2‘s worldwide gross has reached $637.6 million. This surpasses the $609.8 million worldwide gross that Mamma Mia! earned in 2008 to break a unique Box Office record. According to Entertainment Weekly, Kung Fu Panda 2 is now the highest grossing film ever directed by a woman.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson made her directing debut with this year’s Kung Fu Panda 2, a well-reviewed animated sequel to the 2008 blockbuster. Domestically the film was a slight disappointment grossing over $50 million less than the original and currently standing at $164 million. However, overseas the film has had huge success including in China where it has grossed $90 million, three times more than the original.
Domestically the highest grossing films directed by women are Shrek ($268 million), Twilight ($193 million), and What Women Want ($183 million). Recently films like Bridesmaids and The Twilight Saga have shown us that blockbusters with a female perspective can be successful at the Box Office. However, there has not been a similar trend for women who operate behind the camera.