THE mania and hype surrounding Oscar-nominated director Greta Gerwig’s Barbie seemed to have paid off. The fantasy film starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the lead roles stormed the box office with its opening weekend collections and raked in over $155 million worldwide.
While the film is being loved by the audiences and critics alike, Greta has scripted a record for herself. Barbie’s opening collections are now the biggest debut ever at the box office for a film directed by a woman.
Previously, the record was held by Anna Boden, who co-directed Captain Marvel with Ryan Fleck. The film collected $153 million in 2019. The following spot in the list is taken by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins with a $103 million debut in 2017.
Barbie has another record in its kitty; the film recorded the biggest opening weekend of the year and surpassed the live-action film The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which minted $146 million.
The film stars Margot Robbie in the titular role, with Ryan Gosling playing Ken. Issa Rae, Dua Lipa, Simu Liu, Michael Cera, Helen Mirren, John Cena and Will Ferrell also star in pivotal roles in Barbie. The plot of the movie revolves around Barbie and Ken, who leave their Barbieland to discover the real world and its consequences.
Speaking about making Barbie, Greta Gerwig told Indiewire, “I feel like I’ve been trying to manage expectations and not want to jinx anything. The thing I’ve been focusing on is that it is connecting with people and that people are feeling the joy that I hope that they would feel. That is the thing that I can hang my hat on in a way that doesn’t make me feel like I’m going to spin out into outer space.”
Barbie clashed at the box office with Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Both the films performed exceedingly well and managed to rake in over $255 million worldwide.
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