Memes that just won’t Die: Maleficent Proves (Again) That People Want Female-Led Blockbusters - MTV
Can we stop talking about how female-led movies are a novelty now? As “Maleficent” ably proved at the box office this past weekend, earning a much-better-than-expected $70 million domestically and over $100 million internationally, the days when Hollywood could get away with saying a box office success featuring a woman in the lead are a fluke are dead, gone and should never be talked about again.
And it’s not just “Maleficent,” either. For decades, Hollywood, in its infinite wisdom, looked at major releases led by women and said, “Well, that’s not what the audience really wants,” then proceeded to point to the next flop starring a woman as evidence that these “types” of movies were a passing craze.
This is, of course, ignoring that there are a few dozen more flops led by men released every single year.
That aside, let’s take a look at the past few months, and why this insanely faulty argument should be retired, ASAP.