Barbillion! ‘Barbie’ makes over $1 BILLION in global box office gross

Studio executives are calling the film ‘Barbillion’ after ‘Barbie’ made history by raking in more than $1 billion in global box office gross.

‘Barbie’ has made history by raking in more than $1 billion in global box office gross.

The mammoth takings from on director Greta Gerwig’s movie about the Mattel doll, made for a budget around $145 million, makes it the first movie directed solely by a woman to hit the figure.

It added another $127 million to its box office internationally over the weekend, bringing its global total to $1.03 billion.

Studio representatives are using the phrase “Barbillion” to describe the success of the film, starring Margot Robbie, 33, as Barbie and Ryan Gosling, 42, as Ken.

It crossed $400 million domestic and $500 million internationally faster than any other movie at the studio, including the Harry Potter films.


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Jeff Goldstein and Andrew Cripps, who oversee domestic and international distribution for makers Warner Bros, said in a joint statement: “As distribution chiefs, we're not often rendered speechless by a film’s performance, but Barbillion has blown even our most optimistic predictions out of the water.”

Warner Bros co-chairs and CEOs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy also praised director Greta, who co-wrote ‘Barbie’ with her filmmaker husband Noah Baumbach, 53, in a statement.

They said the milestone “is 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”.

Three movies co-directed by women are still ahead of ‘Barbie – ‘Frozen’, which took $1.3 billion, ‘Frozen 2’ ($1.45 billion), which were co-directed by Jennifer Lee, and ‘Captain Marvel’ ($1.1 billion), co-directed by Anna Boden.

‘Oppenheimer’ also celebrated a landmark, crossing $500 million globally in three weeks.

Its worldwide tally is currently $552.9 million, putting it ahead of ‘Dunkirk’, which made $527 million in 2017 making it ‘Oppenheimer’ director Christopher Nolan’s fifth-biggest film.


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