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Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ Makes History, Scores Biggest Opening Weekend for Female Director & More

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has made box office history, scoring the biggest opening weekend ever for a film directed by a woman. The film, which stars Margot Robbie as the titular character, grossed an estimated $155 million in its opening weekend, beating out the previous record holder, Captain Marvel, which earned $153 million in 2019! The film also broke other records and has been a hit worldwide.

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What other records did ‘Barbie’ break?

Barbie has set numerous further box office records, including the year’s largest opening weekend, surpassing The Super Mario Bros. Movie, that previously held the record with $146 million. The next record it broke was thanks to the “phenomenon” of Barbenheimer — a huge number of moviegoers chose to watch double features of Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s historical film Oppenheimer, which opened to an astonishing $80.5 million as well. It was not just the highest-grossing overall box office weekend since the worldwide epidemic, but it was also the fourth-largest collective weekend of all time with $235.5 million!

Source: ‘Barbie’ Trailer

It’s worth also noting that the highest grossing three overall weekends of all time were led by sequel films of well-known franchises, so the Barbenheimer opening weekend reaching that spot is a huge deal. The before mentioned sequels include, Avengers: Endgame which grossed $402 million in April 2019, Avengers: Infinity War debuting to $314 million in April 2018, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens summing up to $313 million in December 2015.

What is ‘Barbie’ about?

Source: Warner Bros.

Barbie is a live-action film based on the Barbie fashion dolls by Mattel. Directed by Greta Gerwig and written by her and her husband Noah Baumbach, the film stars Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken. Set in a world where Barbies are real and live in a utopian society called Barbieland, Barbie is expelled for not being perfect enough. She embarks on a journey of self-discovery in the real world, where she learns to embrace her own flaws and create her own destiny. The rest of the cast also includes Issa Rae, Dua Lipa, Simu Liu, Michael Cera, Helen Mirren, John Cena, America Ferrera and Will Ferrell.