Greta Gerwig's whimsical comedy has solidified its status as the year's highest-grossing film globally, raking in an impressive $1.36 billion at the worldwide box office. This achievement surpasses the previously leading contender, Universal and Illumination's animated escapade, "The Super Mario Bros.
Movie," which earned $1.35 billion internationally. "Barbie" has left an indelible mark on the North American box office, amassing a staggering $600 million. In a significant milestone reached earlier in August, it overtook "Mario" ($574 million) to become the reigning champion of 2023 at the domestic box office.
Its international reception has been equally astounding, with an eye-popping $760 million in global earnings to date. This vividly pink cinematic sensation shattered expectations from its July debut, boasting an impressive $162 million opening weekend, marking it as the standout debut of the year.
"Barbie" maintained its dominance, holding the No. 1 position for four consecutive weekends, ultimately achieving the distinction of becoming the highest-grossing film directed solely by a woman. Currently, it ranks as the 14th highest-grossing domestic release and the 15th highest-grossing global release in the history of cinema.
Barbie's Historic Box Office Triumph
With this latest milestone, "Barbie" has etched its name in the annals of Warner Bros.' history as their highest-grossing worldwide release of all time, surpassing the 2011 epic "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" ($1.34 billion, unadjusted for inflation).
Notably, it had already eclipsed Christopher Nolan's iconic superhero masterpiece, "The Dark Knight" ($536 million), as the studio's most successful domestic title in a century. Greta Gerwig, the esteemed Oscar-nominated director of "Lady Bird" and "Little Women," collaborated with her partner Noah Baumbach in crafting the screenplay.
"Barbie," featuring stellar performances by Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, follows the beloved doll and her companion as they depart the seemingly perfect realm of Barbieland to explore the intricacies of real-world existence.
The ensemble cast includes America Ferrera, Issa Rae, Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnon, Simu Liu, and Michael Cera, adding to the film's allure and widespread appeal.