Barbie broke several records during its opening weekend, and it’s not done making history just yet. Greta Gerwig’s film crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office during its third weekend, becoming the first film by a solo female director to reach this coveted number.
Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, co-chairs and CEOs of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group, praised the cast and crew of Barbie for coming together to create a truly special moviegoing experience and singled out Greta Gerwig as the mastermind behind it all.
“Greta now joins an elite group of writers/directors whose singular vision has generated $1 billion at the global box office, a milestone that is a testament to her brilliance and to her commitment to deliver a movie that Barbie fans of every age want to see on the big screen,” said the duo in a statement.
Barbie is now the second highest-grossing film of the year, and it set several box office records before even joining the $1 billion club. Its opening weekend was also quite historic, and it scored the biggest opening ever for a film by a female director, with $162 million earned domestically and an additional $194.3 million internationally.
Barbie is the first live-action film inspired by Mattel’s beloved doll, and it sees its titular heroine embarking on a journey of self-discovery in the real world. Its start-studded ensemble includes Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Will Ferrell, Michael Cera, Ariana Greenblatt, and Helen Mirren.