Exposure Magazine Pop Culture/Entertainment Contributor
Notice anything different about this Summer’s Box Office? Me, too. There are strong, beautiful women topping the charts. Not only that, but they are breaking records left and right. We’ve come a long way from in just a few short years. Less than one hundred years ago, woman were not allowed to vote in the United States. Fast forward to 2017, and we have three huge films to remind us just how far we’ve come.
Sitting comfortably as the highest grossing film in in the DC Comics Universe, Wonder Woman has brought in over 700 Million at the Box Office. Patty Jenkins, the film’s director, allowed girls all over the world to finally see themselves as the hero. It eliminates the idea that women can only be the sidekick, the love interest, or the damsel. Diana Prince, Wonder Woman’s alter ego represents none of those.
Another film featuring a strong female lead is Atomic Blonde. Charlize Theron takes on the role of covert spy, Lorraine Broughton. This fast paced, action film follows Broughton on a mission to find an important dossier containing highly classified information and reveal the Identity of the double agent, Satchel. At age 41, Theron proves she can not only keep up, but she can do it knee high boots. The film, based on the graphic novel, The Coldest City, has already brought in over 28 Million at the Box Office in its short time in theaters. David Leitch, the film’s director, allows the audience to follow Theron as she performs all her own stunts as a high fashion, Gun slinging, Secret Agent.
If action isn’t your thing, and you just want a good laugh, Girls Trip is the must-see movie of the Summer. Bringing in over 65 Million in its first ten days in theater, Girls Trip features four fun-loving, African American Women. If you weren’t convinced just how much growth we’ve had in the world, this film proves it. Malcolm D. Lee, directs four incredible women as they take a break from their hectic lives to remember what is important. This film shows a snapshot of a woman’s everyday life. That fact that a major studio thought people would take interest in this portion of our American Culture is revolutionary.