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Greta Gerwig’s satirical film, Barbie, has crossed the impressive milestone of $400 million in global box office receipts after just six days of screening, earning it major recognition in the industry. The film had a robust opening weekend, grossing over $350 million worldwide and setting records with $162 million in domestic box office receipts. This achievement not only makes it the most successful opening weekend of the year, but also the most successful opening weekend for a film directed by a woman.
Although Barbie is doing exceptionally well, Gerwig has hinted that she may not direct its sequel, clarifying that she presently has no plans for another Barbie storyline and is instead focusing on her forthcoming projects, including directing two Narnia movies for Netflix.
Shortly after Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer passed the $200 million milestone at the global box office, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie achieved its own significant accomplishment. After six days in cinemas worldwide, the vibrantly colored satirical comedy has exceeded the $400 million mark. Both films premiered this past weekend during an event dubbed as “Barbenheimer,” and together, they amassed over $500 million in global opening receipts.
The successful streak of both films shows no signs of slowing down. Barbie has earned $214 million domestically and an additional $194 million from international markets, amounting to a cumulative global earning of $408 million. Remarkably, it has seen virtually no decline from Monday’s figures. The film debuted with over $350 million globally over the weekend, setting a record with $162 million in domestic box office receipts. This represents the most successful opening weekend of the year and the most successful opening weekend for a film directed by a woman.
The “Barbenheimer” event was a resounding success that drew large audiences back to theaters. Combined earnings from this event marked the best weekend since 2019 and the fourth-largest weekend ever in domestic box office history. Both Barbie and Oppenheimer significantly exceeded expectations, with the latter earning over $80 million domestically and $180 million globally within its first three days.
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With Margot Robbie in the lead role as Barbie and Ryan Gosling playing Ken, Barbie is inspired by the renowned Mattel toy line. Despite Mattel’s production of the movie, both audiences and critics have praised the satirical tone Gerwig introduced to the story, which discusses capitalism, identity, and existentialism. The film’s excellent A CinemaScore from opening day audiences and a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes suggest a promising future.
However, Gerwig, who was recently chosen to direct two Narnia movies for Netflix, has not committed to a sequel. In a recent interview with The New York Times, she indicated that she does not currently envision another Barbie story.
Gerwig’s career trajectory has been nothing short of remarkable. She climbed the ranks gradually, starting from the mumblecore movement where she co-directed Nights and Weekends with Joe Swanberg. Her solo directorial debut with Lady Bird earned her Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. She continued this success with Little Women, which earned her a third Oscar nod, this time for Best Adapted Screenplay. As of now, Barbie is the ninth highest-grossing Hollywood film of the year worldwide, behind John Wick: Chapter 4 ($426 million) and ahead of Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One ($373 million). Watch our interview with Gerwig here, and keep an eye on FilmSweep for more updates.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Greta Gerwig’s Barbie
What is the box office achievement of Greta Gerwig’s film ‘Barbie’?
Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ surpassed the $400 million mark in global box office returns just six days after its release. The film had a strong opening weekend, grossing over $350 million worldwide and setting records with $162 million at the domestic box office.
Is ‘Barbie’ the most successful opening for a film directed by a woman?
Yes, ‘Barbie’ had the most successful opening weekend for a film directed by a woman, grossing $162 million domestically.
Will Greta Gerwig direct a sequel to ‘Barbie’?
Greta Gerwig has hinted that she may not direct a sequel to ‘Barbie.’ In a recent interview, she stated that she currently has no plans for another Barbie story and is focused on her upcoming projects.
What are Greta Gerwig’s upcoming projects?
Greta Gerwig is slated to direct two Narnia movies for Netflix.
How did ‘Barbie’ perform compared to ‘Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning’ at the global box office?
‘Barbie’ surpassed ‘Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning’ at the global box office. As of now, it is the ninth highest-grossing Hollywood film of the year worldwide, behind John Wick: Chapter 4 and ahead of Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One.
What are the key themes of the ‘Barbie’ film?
The ‘Barbie’ film discusses themes of capitalism, identity, and existentialism, in a satirical tone.
Who stars in the ‘Barbie’ movie?
The ‘Barbie’ movie features Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken.