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Directed by Greta Gerwig, “Barbie” has achieved an unprecedented triumph, overtaking Captain Marvel to become the highest-earning live-action film globally from a female filmmaker, accumulating a total of $1.184 billion in revenue. As “Barbie” joins Warner Bros.’ Top 10 international hits, it surpasses the earnings of “The Dark Knight Rises” and three Harry Potter movies.
The film’s success is a testament to the emotional attachment fans have with the character of Barbie, and the record-shattering numbers are evidence that the audience has been ardently anticipating her cinematic introduction. The incredible popularity and outstanding performance of “Barbie” confirm that this accomplishment is well-deserved.
This summer, “Barbie” was an essential part of a significant event called Barbenheimer. A surprisingly ideal double bill with Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” it emerged as the season’s must-see. As time went on, “Barbie” continued its strong performance, powered by Greta Gerwig’s direction (co-written with Noah Baumbach), featuring Ryan Gosling’s rendition of “I’m Just Ken,” Margot Robbie-inspired Barbie looks, and a plethora of memes and jokes.
During its fourth weekend, “Barbie” garnered $45.1 million across 17,296 screens in 75 foreign markets, exceeding the billion-dollar threshold. With the international total reaching $657.6 million, the film’s global tally has reached an astonishing $1.184 billion, cementing “Barbie” as an iconic film and setting the record for the highest-grossing live-action film worldwide by a female director, a title previously held by Captain Marvel’s directors, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
This achievement is also momentous for Warner Bros., as “Barbie” overtakes “The Dark Knight Rises” and three Harry Potter films to enter the Top 10 Biggest WB Titles Internationally. The iconic doll seems to be challenging Nolan on multiple fronts at the box office.
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Though the concept of a Barbie film may not be groundbreaking, given its origins from the famous toy, the movie sets itself apart through its insightful commentary on broader societal issues, addressing the brand’s problems while acknowledging why children have adored Barbie despite her imperfections. Seeing Barbie in theaters has evoked strong emotions among fans, leading many to revisit the film multiple times. Her continual record-breaking performance, even after nearly a month in theaters, reflects the eager anticipation fans had for this big-screen debut. This response indicates that the film’s unprecedented success is exactly what Barbie deserves.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Barbie
Who directed the “Barbie” movie?
Greta Gerwig directed the “Barbie” movie, and she co-wrote it with her partner Noah Baumbach.
What significant record did “Barbie” break at the global box office?
“Barbie” broke the record for the highest-grossing live-action movie across the world from a female director, surpassing “Captain Marvel.” It has now made a total of $1.184 billion.
How did “Barbie” perform during its fourth weekend in theaters?
In its fourth weekend, “Barbie” brought in $45.1 million on 17,296 screens in 75 overseas markets, pushing its international total to $657.6 million and the global total to $1.184 billion.
Who were some notable actors or contributors to the “Barbie” film?
Ryan Gosling sang “I’m Just Ken” in the movie, and the Barbie-inspired looks were based on Margot Robbie’s take on the iconic Mattel doll.
What makes the “Barbie” film stand out besides its commercial success?
The “Barbie” film is not only significant for its commercial success but also for its commentary on societal issues and the Barbie brand, recognizing both its flaws and why children love the character. Many fans have found an emotional connection to Barbie, and the movie has prompted multiple viewings.
How did “Barbie” rank among Warner Bros.’ international titles?
“Barbie” has entered the Top 10 list of Warner Bros.’ biggest titles internationally, surpassing “The Dark Knight Rises” and three Harry Potter films.