There has been a lot of talk recently about the role of women in the film industry, especially the Hollywood pay gap, with everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Emma Watson and Bradley Cooper publicly stating their views on leading actresses being paid less than their male counterparts.
And now, to add further fuel to the discussion, Mic have published an article which reveals that films featuring a female lead - typically - do better than films with a male one.
Looking at the top 25 highest grossing films of the year from the past 10 years, they directly compared films that were led by a female with those led by a male (mixed-led casts were not included). For almost every single year, female-led films did better than men's. And in total, women made a lot more money, where men's films earned $80.6 million, the women pulled in an astonishing $126.1 million on average.
This sounds great for women, but the added twist is that despite these figures, just 12% of leading roles cast in 2014 were female. 2015, however, is looking more encouraging, with seven out of 10 of the year's big earners featuring a leading female character.
To find out which female-driven films have hit it big this year, scroll through.