Wonder Woman’ Set to Become Top-Grossing Live-Action Film

Director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman continues to make history in its box-office run.Wonder Woman also has a strong shot of passing up Kung Fu Panda 2‘s $665.7 million to become the top-grossing film of all time from a female filmmaker with solo directing duties.

Starring Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman passed the $600 million mark at the worldwide box office on Wednesday, finishing the day with a cume of $601.6 million, including $289.2 million domestically and $312.4 million internationally.

In terms of a movie from female and male co-directors, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck’s Frozen (2013) is at the top of the box-office list with $1.28 billion in global ticket sales


Disney and Sony lead as women step to the fore on a diverse array of movies. While there are more films in development (and many more at the specialty divisions), here are the projects from female directors at the major Hollywood studios with release dates set. WALT DISNEY: 5

A Wrinkle in Time (March 9, 2018)
With this fantasy, Ava DuVernay becomes the first black woman to direct a $100 million-plus feature.Image result

Mulan (Nov. 2, 2018)Image result

Niki Caro will helm the live-action reboot of the classic animated movie.

Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019)Image result for captain marvel movie

After a long search for Marvel’s first female director, Anna Boden landed the coveted gig, co-directing with Ryan Fleck.

Frozen 2 (Nov. 27, 2019)Image result for frozen 2

With Frozen, Jennifer Lee became the first female to direct a Walt Disney Animation Studios feature; she will return to co-direct the sequel with Chris Buck.

Gigantic (Nov. 25, 2020)Image result for gigantic disney

After writing Pixar’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, Meg LeFauve will make her directorial debut, co-helming with Nathan Greno this “Jack and the Beanstalk” update.


Rough Night (June 16)Image result

Broad City writer-director Lucia Aniello helms the comedy about women behaving badly that she also co-wrote.

The Nightingale (Aug. 10, 2018)Image result for the nightingale movieRelated image

After a long career in prestige TV, Michelle MacLaren will make the jump to features with the World War II period film.

Charlie’s Angels (June 7, 2019)Image result for charlie's AngelsImage result for charlie's Angels

Elizabeth Banks, who made her feature debut with Pitch Perfect 2, will helm Sony’s contemporary reboot.


Ferdinand (Dec. 15)Related image

Cathy Malkasian co-directs Fox Animation’s retelling of the classic children’s story, with director Carlos Saldanha.

The Darkest Minds (Sept. 14, 2018)Related imageImage result for the darkest minds movie cast

Kung Fu Panda2‘s Jennifer Yuh Nelson makes her live-action directorial debut with the YA adaptation about superpowered kids.


Pitch Perfect 3 (Dec. 22)Image result for pitch perfect 3 cast

After Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2) dropped out, Universal brought on Trish Sie to helm the franchise film.

The Pact (April 6, 2018)
Pitch Perfect scripter Kay Cannon is making her directorial debut with the original comedy.


An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (July 28)Image result for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Bonni Cohen and co-director Jon Shenk take over for Davis Guggenheim for the Al Gore environmental doc follow-up.


Warners recently released Everything, Everything, from Stella Meghie, as well as Denise Di Novi’s Unforgettable, and is trying to sign Patty Jenkins for a Wonder Woman follow-up. But the studio doesn’t have a greenlighted film with a female director.