Published By: Dishya Sharma
Last Updated: September 19, 2023, 12:40 IST
Film director Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has achieved another milestone. Since its inception on July 21, the Margot Robbie-Ryan Gosling starrer generated quite the buzz. Although the film locked horns with Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer and received mixed responses, there was no stopping Barbie at the box office. In fact, the Greta Gerwig directorial witnessed a euphoric response mostly from the US audience. Now, after almost two months of its release, Barbie is once again back in the headlines. This time it is because the film has zoomed past 600 million dollars at the domestic box office circuit, outperforming the 2012 film The Avengers.
According to a report by Variety, Barbie has minted 626 million dollars domestically surpassing the box office collection of the 2012 film The Avengers. The Marvel film amassed 623 million dollars, 3 million dollars less than Barbie. This in turn makes Barbie the 11th-highest-grossing film on the domestic circuit.
To come into the top 10 highest-grossing films domestically, Barbie needs to outpace the 2015 Chriss Pratt-starrer Jurassic World which minted 653 million dollars establishing its position in the 10th position. Speaking about the top 10 highest grossers, Titanic comes in the 9th place with 674 million dollars, followed by Avengers: Infinity War with 678 million dollars and Avatar: The Way of Water with 684 million dollars. The number one position is acquired by Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens which collected 936 million dollars, reports People magazine.
Globally, the comedy fantasy drama garnered 1.4 billion dollars crossing the 1.35 billion dollar collection of The Super Mario Bros Movie, released on April 7. Barbie is the “14th-biggest global release of all time, trailing Frozen 2 and Top Gun: Maverick,” reports Variety. Barbie’s fantastic achievement do not end here. The film also landed the biggest opening weekend for a film, helmed by a female director.
Margot Robie and Ryan Gosling essay the stereotypical characters of Barbie and Ken in Barbie. The plot revolves around how the two embark on a journey to the real world, facing highs and lows, and leaving behind their dreamy Barbieland life. The film, claimed as feminist by some, also touches upon topics like matriarchy, patriarchy, motherhood, self-validation, and objectification highlighting persistent societal issues. Barbie also stars Issa Rae, Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, Emma Mackey, Sharon Rooney, and Ana Cruz Kayne among others in important roles.