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6 of Top 10 Movies This Weekend Feature Female Protagonists

6 of Top 10 Movies This Weekend Feature Female Protagonists

Pixar’s brilliantInside Out” opened at #2 this weekend with a $91 million domestic (and $132 million worldwide) haul at the box office

But the big story isn’t that “Inside Out” is Pixar’s second-biggest launch ever, but that six of the top 10 films this weekend feature female protagonists. The notable thing about those six films — “Inside Out,” “Spy,” “Insidious Chapter 3,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Tomorrowland” — is how diverse in genre they are, ranging from animation to R-rated comedy, horror to face-melting action. (Unfortunately, they’re a lot less diverse in terms of demographic representation.) 
 
Of these six films, only one has a predominantly female creative team behind it — director Elizabeth Banks and screenwriter Kay Cannon of “Pitch Perfect 2” — while “Inside Out” boasts a co-writer in Meg LeFauve. While we cross our fingers for more women behind the scenes, let’s hope the number-crunchers at the studios are finally getting the message that female-driven box-office successes are not flukes.

Here are the stats for the six girl- or women-led top 10 movies of the weekend: 

2. Inside Out (Buena Vista) – $91,056,000 in 3,946 theaters; Cumulative: $91,056,000

3. Spy (20th Century Fox) – $10,500,000 (-33%) in 3,558 theaters (-157); Cumulative: $74,374,000

6. Insidious Chapter 3 (Focus) – $4,110,000 (-44%) in 2,553 theaters (-461);  Cumulative: $45,370,000

7. Pitch Perfect 2 (Universal) – $3,300,000 (-48%) in 2,146 theaters (-531); Cumulative: $177,500,000

8. Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.) – $2,815,000 (-31%) in 1,424 theaters (-810); Cumulative: $143,602,000

10. Tomorrowland (Buena Vista) – $2,009,000 (-42%) in 1,764 theaters (-776); Cumulative: $87,696,000

[Box office data via Thompson on Hollywood]

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