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Barbie Crosses $1 billion at worldwide box office, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling

Barbie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, has officially crossed $1 billion (roughly Rs. 8,273 crores) globally in just its third weekend since its July 21 release. The makers celebrated the box office collections milestone on Instagram with a special message captioned, “Here’s to our incredible Barbie and Kens from all over the world for making our Barbie dreams come true.” We’re thrilled to announce that the global box office for #BarbieTheMovie has surpassed $1 billion.”

According to Variety, a US-based media outlet, Greta Gerwig is the first solo female filmmaker to have a billion-dollar picture. According to Variety, three additional billion-dollar movies were co-directed by women: Frozen ($1.3 billion) and Frozen 2 ($1.45 billion), both co-directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck and Captain Marvel ($1.1 billion), co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

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Barbie reached the $1 billion mark just 17 days after its debut, becoming it the fastest Warner Bros. release to do so. Previously, the fantasy drama film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 held the studio record at 19 days. Variety said that it is only the second blockbuster this year and the sixth of the pandemic era to hit the $1 billion mark, following Spider-Man: No Way Home, Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World Dominion, and Avatar: The Way of Water.

Greta Gerwig directed the film, which stars Margot Robbie as the famed doll and Ryan Gosling as her boyfriend Ken. According to Variety, Greta’s directorial Barbie grossed $155 million (roughly Rs. 1,282 crores) in its first weekend, making it the largest launch ever for a female-directed film. Barbie cost $145 million (about Rs. 1,200 crores) to make, not including a marketing effort that catapulted the film into the mainstream before it even hit theatres. The screenplay was co-written by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, the Oscar-nominated director of Lady Bird and Little Women.

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling play stereotyped Barbie and Ken, who leave Barbieland on a quest for self-discovery in the real world. Among those in the cast are America Ferrera, Issa Rae, Dua Lipa, Simu Liu, Michael Cera, Helen Mirren, John Cena, and Will Ferrell.