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Greta Gerwig's 'Barbie' Enters The Billion-Dollar Club, Also a First For a Woman Directorial

"Barbie" is not just a movie; it's a movement. Its success symbolizes a shift in cinematic paradigms and underscores the power of storytelling.
Image Source: Getty Images | Hector Vivas
Image Source: Getty Images | Hector Vivas

Amid the swarm of big-budget films struggling to captivate audiences, "Barbie" has made and broken some records. The Warner Brothers Discovery and Mattel collaboration has crossed the $1 billion mark in global ticket sales. The bubblegum pink extravaganza achieved this monumental feat over the weekend. The final figures were unveiled Monday, confirmed the film's place in the billion-dollar club, per CNN Business.

Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Jon Kopaloff
Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Jon Kopaloff

Greta Gerwig has etched her name in the annals of cinema as the first solo female director to helm a billion-dollar grossing film. This unprecedented achievement adds a new layer to Gerwig's legacy, emphasizing her prowess in storytelling that resonates with global audiences.

Joining Anna Boden, co-director of Disney's "Captain Marvel", Gerwig breaks barriers and amplifies the narrative of women excelling in a male-dominated film industry. Jennifer Lee, on the other hand, has previously navigated the billion-dollar terrain as co-director of Disney's animated wonders "Frozen and Frozen II". These women pioneers not only redefine industry norms but also inspire future generations of female filmmakers.

Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Hanna Lassen
Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Hanna Lassen

According to Marca, Robbie and Gosling each earned a substantial 11.5 million euros for their roles in "Barbie", making them the highest-paid actors in that film. Will Ferrell made $2 million payday for playing the role of toy company Mattel's CEO. Emma Mackey earned $2 million for her part in the fantasy comedy. Meanwhile, Simu Liu, recognized for his work in Shang Chi, has bagged a significant $2,00,000 for his portrayal of Ken, reports The Sports Grail.

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Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Gareth Cattermole

A watershed moment for Warner Bros. discovery

The success of "Barbie" marks a pivotal moment for Warner Brothers Discovery, the merged entity that has carved its path in the entertainment world since 2022. The film's staggering performance propels the studio into the elite league of billion-dollar earners. "Barbie" underscores its strategic prowess in crafting compelling narratives and captivating global audiences.


However, "Barbie" does not stand alone in its billion-dollar conquest in 2023. Universal's "The Super Mario Bros.", released in April, has also surged beyond the $1.3 billion benchmark. Together, these movies exemplify the resilience of cinema and its capacity to captivate, even in the face of evolving viewer preferences and platforms.


As Hollywood grapples with the challenge of connecting with moviegoers, "Barbie" serves as a beacon of hope for the industry. "Barbie" stands out among nostalgia-driven films, like Disney's "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny", Paramount's "Mission Impossible" sequel, and Universal's "Fast and Furious".

July witnessed a resurgence in theater attendance, with record ticket sales reported by theaters both large and small. Audiences draped in pink flocked to witness the phenomenon that "Barbie" has become. This rekindling of the cinematic spark reaffirms the industry's potential to flourish with quality films and immersive experiences.


"Barbie" not only shatters box office records but also shapes the future landscape of films. As it continues its triumphant march across the billion-dollar milestone, the film encounters minimal competition in the upcoming weeks. This advantageous positioning allows Barbie to harness its momentum, fortifying its performance and leaving an indelible mark on the global box office.

"Barbie" is not just a movie; it's a movement. Its success signifies more than a financial triumph; it symbolizes a shift in cinematic paradigms and underscores the power of storytelling to unite and captivate audiences worldwide. The billion-dollar club welcomes "Barbie" as an iconic member, and its resonance will continue to reverberate throughout the film industry for years to come.