2017’s 3 Top-Grossing Movies Had Female Lead for First Time in Nearly 60 Years

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Both on and off the screen, Hollywood in 2017 was defined by its women, and the proof is in the box office charts. For the first time since 1958, the top three highest grossing domestic releases have featured female leads.

On Sunday, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which stars Daisy Ridley as the ambitious, lightsaber-wielding Rey, took the top spot on the charts with $517 million. That spot had been held for much of the year by “Beauty and the Beast,” which starred Emma Watson as one of Disney’s most famous heroines, Belle. Gal Gadot held

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