Director Greta Gerwig’s smash-hit Barbie crossed $1 billion in worldwide revenue on Sunday, according to multiple reports, making the Mattel doll’s big screen debut the second-biggest release so far this year just over two weeks after its highly anticipated premiere.
Barbie, an instant blockbuster starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, has grossed about $459 million domestically and $572 million internationally since its premiere on July 21, multiple news outlets reported, citing figures from Warner Bros. Discovery.
Barbie, one of the summer’s most highly anticipated movies, grossed more than $155 million in the U.S. box office over its opening weekend, including a massive $70.5 million opening day, making it the biggest opening weekend of the year and the biggest ever opening weekend for a female-directed movie—Barbie went on to earn another $29 million on its second Friday and nearly $34.6 million last Saturday.
The film added $53 million domestically from Friday to Sunday of this week, leading the box office for the third weekend in a row.
The hot-pink Warner Bros. Pictures movie is now the second biggest release of the year, only behind Nintendo’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which has grossed a whopping $1.35 billion worldwide since its release in April, including more than $574 million in the U.S.
In its first two weeks, Barbie has surpassed Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which has made $845 million worldwide, including $359 million domestically, as well as Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania ($476 million worldwide, $214.5 million domestically), Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse ($683 million worldwide, $379 million domestically), Disney’s The Little Mermaid ($564 million worldwide, $297 million domestically) and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One ($451 million worldwide, $142 million domestically).
Director Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, the second half of the so-called Barbenheimer double feature that took the internet by storm ahead of the inexplicably linked movies’ joint release date, has so far grossed nearly $553 million worldwide, including more than $228 million in the U.S. The atomic bomb period thriller, starring Cillian Murphy as physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, shattered box office expectations with an $80.5 million opening weekend in the U.S., and continued its success in its second weekend, making $46 million domestically from Friday to Sunday.
Despite Barbie’s accolades, it’s fallen short of several box office records, and has a ways to go before it approaches James Cameron’s extraterrestrial sci-fi thriller Avatar (2009), which has collected a record $2.92 billion worldwide, or 2019’s Avengers: Endgame ($2.80 billion). Barbie is also well behind last year’s long-awaited Avatar sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, which has made $2.32 billion since its release. Barbie also fell more than $90 million short of Avengers: Endgame’s $157.5 million record for biggest domestic box office premiere, and grossed less on its first Monday and Tuesday than a pair of superhero blockbusters, including 2018’s Black Panther ($40.1 million on its first Monday), and 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home ($39.2 million on its first Tuesday).
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