It's a relief when a movie I love (and I love very few movies) does well at the box office. It's a wonder when a movie about a tough young woman in a dystopic world makes a lot of money (at least in the US).
It’s an anomaly that the No. 1-grossing film two years in a row features a female lead.
Remarkable stat: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the first movie with a solo female lead to be the year's #1 film since The Exorcist.In fact:
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) January 10, 2014
If you want to find a No. 1 movie with a woman as the clear, unambiguous lead, you’ve got to go back to 1968’s Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand as groundbreaking comedienne Fanny Brice.The odds aren't in our favor, are they?