Tue. Oct 3rd, 2023
Barbie actress Greta Gerwig has become the highest-grossing director of all time at the domestic box office

the Barbie The juggernaut continues to break records at the box office, with THR reports This weekend, Greta Gerwig became the highest-grossing director in US box office history, as her plastic-covered work surpassed the previous record holder, Frozen IIFriday.

Gerwig’s collaboration with Margot Robbie yields huge indoor and outdoor numbers, in fact: though he still has a ways to go before he can beat the second frozen Film (Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck) World Performance It Already Tops Its Only Live Action Competition, 2019 Captain Marvel. (Directed by Anna Bowden and Ryan Fleck).

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Let’s talk numbers: at the domestic box office, Barbie approaching the highest performance of the year, period; At $502 million, it’s now falling far behind Super Mario Bros movie Only 70 million dollars. (She’ll have another $100 million to go over that if she wants to win Avatar 2which split its theatrical career between 2022 and 2023, overall, though it already beat James Cameron’s 2023 film.) For comparison, Frozen II It made $477 million in the local markets in the sunny days leading up to the pandemic in 2019.

internationally Barbie It’ll have a slightly harder time rallying the Kenergy to victory: though it does well in most markets (it beats its unpredictable theatrical sibling Oppenheimer In almost every country where the two are in theaters) they are unlikely to match Mariouniversal appeal. (Slow Subtractions, and Even banin some Middle Eastern countries, maybe it doesn’t help there.) And it is truly He’ll have to move if he wants to win Frozen II internationally; The Disney movie grossed huge numbers (over $100 million apiece) in both Japan and China during its theatrical release. Barbiemeanwhile, has yet to open in Japan, where Warner Bros. owns the film Face criticism To associate the movie with Oppenheimer Into the Memes – though, the film met with modest success in China, despite a slow opening in the country. (If you want to trace the fate of the movie across the planet, diverse Interesting piece compare its performance with Oppenheimeracross nearly every market on Earth).

The result is that Gerwig now finds herself the highest-grossing solo female director of all time – and the only such female director to pass the billion-dollar box office mark. (Which is kind of disappointing, when you consider that of the 53 films on the list, only three are directed by women.) However, what is Barbie If barriers are not broken (in a financially successful way)?

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