With ‘Catching Fire,’ ‘Frozen,’ and drunk Oprah cleaning up at the box office, this may have been the best year yet for women in Hollywood.
Studios used to have a simple directive when they wanted a movie to do well: put a guy in a cape and watch the money roll in. (That, or cast Will Smith.) Soon, however, studios may be demanding a wardrobe change: swap the cape for a dress. Or, better yet, put a girl in the cape.
With the past three weekends finding Katniss Everdeen battling a Disney princess for the box office crown, and bothThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen outperforming even the highest expectations, it may be time to crown 2013 the year of women at the box office. Or, rather, it’s finally time to make the pronouncement. Ever since Bridesmaids stunned the industry by grossing $170 million without a caped crusader or leading man in sight, audiences have been waiting for the lesson that was supposed to be learned—a film starring an ensemble of women could get audiences of both genders rushing to theaters—to sink in with Hollywood’s stubborn honchos.