“Barbie” Makes Box Office History After Joining $1 Billion Club

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in
Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in "Barbie"

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.