The blockbuster movie ‘Barbie,’ directed by the talented Greta Gerwig, has achieved something truly extraordinary. It has crossed the incredible mark of $1 billion in ticket sales globally, making it the highest-grossing film ever directed by a woman.
This fantasy-comedy has garnered $459 million from theaters in the United States and Canada, along with an impressive $572.1 million from overseas, resulting in a remarkable total of $1.0315 billion, as reported by Warner Bros. Pictures.
In addition to this monumental feat, Greta Gerwig, an Oscar-nominated writer, and director, has become the first female filmmaker to break the billion-dollar milestone as a solo director. This achievement is truly exceptional and inspiring.
Recently, the film collected $127 million worldwide during the weekend, with $53 million from domestic theaters and an additional $74 million from overseas, according to data from Comscore.
Jeff Goldstein and Andrew Cripps, expressed their astonishment, stating, “We’re rarely left speechless by a film’s performance, but ‘Barbie’ has surpassed even our most optimistic predictions.”
‘Barbie’ ranks second this year in terms of ticket sales, following ‘The Super Mario Bros.’ released in April, which has achieved a remarkable $1.357 billion at the box office.
It’s worth noting that in the history of modern box office, only 53 movies have surpassed the $1 billion mark, without considering inflation. ‘Barbie’ now holds the record as the largest film directed by a single woman, surpassing the global total of $821.8 million achieved by ‘Wonder Woman.’ While there are three movies co-directed by women that have achieved even higher earnings – ‘Frozen’ ($1.3 billion) and ‘Frozen 2’ ($1.45 billion), both co-directed by Jennifer Lee, and ‘Captain Marvel’ ($1.1 billion), co-directed by Anna Boden – ‘Barbie’ has achieved the North American record for live-action films directed by women, surpassing ‘Captain Marvel’ domestically with $459.4 million (compared to $426.8 million).
The success of ‘Barbie’ is a monumental achievement for women in the Hollywood industry. Greta Gerwig joins an elite group as only the fifth woman ever to direct a movie that has grossed over $1 billion globally. Her achievement is even more remarkable as she’s the first woman to achieve this with a live-action comedy.
This triumph also underscores the enduring power of the Barbie brand. The iconic Mattel doll has been a cultural phenomenon for generations, and the movie has managed to capture that nostalgic charm while resonating with a new generation of fans.
The success of ‘Barbie’ stands as a significant victory for Warner Bros. Pictures, and its impact on the film industry is sure to be lasting. It celebrates the strength of female directors and the influence of the beloved Barbie brand. Kudos to Greta Gerwig and the entire team behind this remarkable achievement!