Move Over, Patty Jenkins: How China’s Jia Ling Became the World’s Highest-Grossing Female Director

She may not be a household name anywhere other than her native China, but Chinese helmer Jia Ling has officially overtaken Patty Jenkins as the world’s highest-grossing female director for a single film.After an extended three-month run, Jia’s Chinese New Year blockbuster “Hi, Mom,” finally left Chinese theaters Tuesday.

It has grossed $838 million (RMB5.41 billion) since its Feb.

12 debut, according to Maoyan data.That sum makes it the 79th highest grossing film in the world of all time, behind Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” ($854 million) and just ahead of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” ($837 million).

It also finished above Patty Jenkin’s 2017 “Wonder Woman,” which earned $823 million.

“Hi, Mom” surpassed “Wonder Woman” in early April, 54 days after its release.Locally, the title has now surpassed the 2019 animation “Ne Zha” to become the second highest ever grossing film in China, behind 2017’s “Wolf Warrior 2,” which earned $854 million, or $881 million

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