And now, for a revelation that probably shouldn’t be a revelation: AUDIENCES LIKE MOVIES STARRING WOMEN AND WILL SHOW UP AND PAY MONEY TO SEE THEM.A new study has found that films starring women do better at box offices worldwide, despite how the film industry continues to favor men. The study, a joint effort between Creative Arts Agency and tech company shift7, looked at the 350 highest-grossing U.S. films released between January 2014 and December 2017 and found that films with women billed as the lead actor made more money – blockbusters and low-budget movies alike.”Women comprise half the box office, yet there has been an assumption in the industry that female-led films were generally less successful,” said C.A.A. agent Christy Haubegger, who assisted in the study. “We found data that does not support that assumption.”The partnership for the study came through Time’s Up, an organization working to fight sexual harassment and inequality in Hollywood. Researchers examined budget data for films through Gracenote, a software company that compiles data on the entertainment industry. The study included films with budgets of under $10 million to above $100 million. Films qualified as female-led if a woman was listed first in promotional materials,… Read full this story
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