Heroines are winning at the box office! The Hunger Games: Catching Fire entered the weekend having already earned an estimated $593.9 million for Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF-A) as Frozen, Walt Disney's (NYSE:DIS) animated adventure starring two sisters, continues to impress at the box office.
Fool analysts Tim Beyers and Nathan Alderman look at the growing market for movies and TV shows featuring female leads in the latest episode of Geekstock, The Motley Fool's new Web show, in which we talk about the big-money names behind your favorite movies, toys, video games, comics, and more.
Nathan says that Disney's success with marketing to boys via its Marvel and Lucasfilm acquisitions has allowed executives to take chances in other areas. Frozen breaks tradition by removing the need for a prince to swoop in and save the day. Catching Fire abides by a similar archetype, and judging by the box office results, we'll see more such stories in the coming years.
Tim agrees that Disney is making strides but says Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) may be an even bigger benefactor of the rise of heroines in casting Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (a.k.a. Wonder Woman) for 2015's Batman vs. Superman.
Now it's your turn to weigh in. Have you seen Frozen and Catching Fire? What do you think of Warner's choice of Gadot for Wonder Woman? Please watch the video as host Ellen Bowman puts Tim and Nathan on the spot, and be sure to check back here often for more Geekstock segments.
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