Barbie has been making history since the first day it hit the theaters, and it’s not done breaking records. Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed film joined the $1 billion club during its third weekend at the box office, making history as the first film by a solo female director to cross this mark.
Warner Bros’ distribution chiefs Jeff Goldstein and Andrew Cripps admitted that Barbie exceeded their wildest expectations and praised Greta Gerwig for bringing this story to life in such a funny, emotional, and entertaining way.
“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… Long lines and repeat viewings prove that movies are back in a big, big way,” said the duo in a statement.
It was just a matter of time before Barbie crossed the $1 billion mark following its record-breaking opening weekend. It earned $162 million domestically and an additional $194.3 million internationally after just a few days in the theaters, to score the biggest opening in history for a film directed by a woman.
Led by Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, Barbie sees the titular heroine experiencing an existential crisis and embarking on a journey of self-discovery in the real world. It also stars America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Will Ferrell, Michael Cera, Ariana Greenblatt, and Helen Mirren.