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Meet the Most Successful Female Director Ever

Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

Kung Fu Panda 2 was a bit of an underperformer domestically, but it's done terrific business overseas, and its $650 million worldwide take just surpassed the global gross of the first movie, placing it at No. 51 on the all-time box-office list. The box-office take is cause for another, perhaps more significant celebration: As DreamWorks announced today, that worldwide number makes helmer Jennifer Yuh Nelson the highest-grossing female director ever — and it happened on her feature directorial debut, to boot. Still, it appears that Nelson actually passed the $609.8 million take of Mamma Mia's Phyllida Lloyd quite a while ago, so why was that press release so long in coming, guys?

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