Barbie movie tops $1 billion in box office sales – breaking record for female director | Ents & Arts News

Barbie may be synonymous with pink – but her film is now firmly in the green, with over $1bn (£784m) in box office sales worldwide.

The hit, directed by Greta Gerwig and featuring Margot Robbiereached the ‘Barbillion’ on Sunday after making a further $127m (£99m) in sales over the weekend.

This means the film has now broken the box office sales record for a film directed by a female director – previously set by Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.

It also hit the global sales mark of $400m (£313m) in the US and $500m (£392m) faster than any other Warner Bros hit – including the Harry Potter movies.

Oppenheimerwhich was released on the same day three weeks ago, also celebrated a milestone this weekend, crossing $500m (£392m) worldwide.

“As distribution executives, we’re not often speechless at a film’s performance, but Barbillon has blown even our most optimistic predictions,” said Jeff Goldstein and Andrew Cripps, who oversee domestic distribution. and International Warner Bros, in a joint statement.

Barbie star Margot Robbie and writer-director Greta Gerwig at the London premiere.  Photo: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP
Barbie star Margot Robbie and writer-director Greta Gerwig at the London premiere. Photo: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP

In modern box office history, only 53 movies have grossed over $1 billion, not accounting for inflation.

But Warner Bros announced on Sunday that Barbie had taken in a total of $1.032bn (£809m) worldwide with $459m (£360m) from domestic theaters – counting the US and Canada – and $572.1m (£448m) from abroad.

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The figures – a huge return on the film’s reported budget of $150m (£117m) – have been confirmed by media analytics firm Comscore.

Warner Bros co-chairmen and CEOs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy described the “Barbillion” milestone as a “testimony to her”. [Gerwig’s] glow”.

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Starring Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken, the film sends Mattel Inc’s iconic doll on a real-world adventure.

It received rave reviews from fans and critics, with Empire describing Barbie as “painfully funny”, while Roger Ebert’s website described it as a “dazzling achievement, both technically and in tone. “.

The film’s July 21 release date, which coincided with Oppenheimer’s release of Nolan, also sparked the “Barbenheimer” internet trend for those planning to see the two films back-to-back.

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Last month, the Official Charts Company revealed that the Barbie soundtrack had taken over the UK chartsbecoming the first motion picture soundtrack to land three top five songs at the same time.

The contemplative What Was I Made For? of American singer Billie Eilish? reached number three last month, while Dua Lipa’s Dance The Night reached number four and Aqua’s Barbie World revamp by rappers Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice reached number five.

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