Give up? It's 'Kung Fu Panda 2.' As Entertainment Weekly's Inside Movies blog notes, Jennifer Yuh Nelson's summer 2011 cartoon hit has grossed $637.6 million worldwide, beating the record set by Phyllida Lloyd's 'Mamma Mia!' ($609.8 million) in 2008.
EW crunches the numbers to cite other top-grossing movies by women. Biggest domestic hit is 'Shrek' ($267.7 million), co-directed by Vicky Jenson. For a woman directing solo, the top domestic hit is 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel' ($219.6 million), directed by Betty Thomas.
Notice something about these top hits? Aside from 'Mamma Mia!', they're all animated or animated/live-action mixes and all for kids. Which is fine; it's great that women, who make up just 7 percent of Hollywood's active directors, are getting to make the kind of family films that are practically a license to print money. But where are the plum jobs for women in, oh, all the other genres?