The Margot Robbie-starring Barbie movie has surpassed $1 billion in global box office ticket sales, setting a new record for a film directed by a woman.
Data from box office tracking firms show that the Barbie movie, directed by Greta Gerwig, grossed over $500 million internationally and over $500 million in the North American market. The film, which also stars Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera and Kate McKinnon, was released in July 2023.
The $1 billion box office milestone makes the Barbie movie the highest-grossing film ever directed solely by a woman. Prior to this, the record was held by Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman, which grossed $821 million worldwide in 2017.
The Barbie movie’s box office success indicates strong audience interest in the film. The movie, which puts a fresh spin on Mattel’s iconic doll brand, has been praised for its lighthearted and empowering themes.
Warner Bros., which produced and distributed the Barbie movie, celebrated the box office milestone, saying in a statement, “We congratulate Greta Gerwig and her enormously talented cast and crew on this historic achievement.”
The $1 billion box office mark is an important benchmark for any major studio release, indicating a large and global audience for the film. It remains to be seen if the Barbie movie can continue its momentum and become one of the highest-grossing films of the year.