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Barbie's Greta Gerwig is first women director to enter Hollywood's billionaire club, film earns $1bn

Aug 06, 2023 11:58 PM IST

Greta Gerwig's Barbie becomes first women directed Hollywood film to earn $1 billion worldwide. The Margot Robbie-starrer was released last month.

In the wild world of Hollywood only a select 28 gentlemen managed to land a solo directorial credit of billion-dollar movie. Now their esteemed company has been joined by a new member - Greta Gerwig. The film director who brought Barbie to the big screen.

FILE - Greta Gerwig arrives at the premiere of "Barbie" on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, in London. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
FILE - Greta Gerwig arrives at the premiere of "Barbie" on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, in London. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Barbie has stepped onto the stage with a whopping $1 billion in global ticket sales over a weekend that'll go down in cinematic history. In doing so, it becomes only the 53rd movie in movie history to have earned more than $1 billion at the global box office. The film is rewriting the script on Hollywood norms and is a fabulous testament to the notion that films for women, by women, and starring women can be a ticket-selling sensation.

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Barbie got off to a massive start by raking in $356.2 million its opening weekend. Till date it has grossed about $459 million in US and $572 million internationally since its premiere on July 21. The hot-pink Warner Bros. Pictures movie is now the second biggest release of the year, only behind Nintendo’s The Super Mario Bros.

Though Barbie isn't the first directorial success of a female filmmaker. Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot raked in a cool $823 million worldwide. Captain Marvel, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, soared to a mind-boggling $1.1 billion. "Twilight" saga, with Catherine Hardwicke at the helm, brought in $408 million.

However before Barbie strutted onto the scene, even Warner Bros. was giving the side-eye to Gerwig's pink-tinted vision, tossing around doubts about a movie that defied conventional expectations. Though Greta deserves all the credit for her cinematic vision let's also rejoice the real show-stealers were the women, proving that when you empower women, they'll shatter glass ceilings and box office records.

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