As per Variety, Greta’s directorial ‘Barbie ‘ raked in USD 155 million in its opening weekend in the US alone. Interestingly, she is the first solo woman director to achieve this feat.
The record was previously held by ‘Captain Marvel’ which was co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The Marvel film starring Brie Larson in the lead, held the title after earning USD 153 million in 2019.
‘Wonder Woman’ from filmmaker Patty Jenkins, stood as the record-holder for a movie solely directed by a woman with its USD 103 million debut in 2017.
‘Barbie’ has notched several other box office records, including the biggest opening weekend of the year – besting ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ (USD 146 million).
‘Barbie’ cost USD 145 million, not including a marketing campaign that propelled the movie into the mainstream long before it landed in theatres. Gerwig, the Oscar-nominated director of ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Little Women’, co-wrote the film’s screenplay with Noah Baumbach.
Meanwhile, at the global box office, ‘Barbie’ earned $182 million from 69 territories, fueling a $337 million global debut weekend. The film beat Christopher Nolan‘s ‘Oppenheimer‘ to claim the box office crown in the US and international markets. The Cillian Murphy starrer earned around $80.5 million in the US and added another $93.7 million from 78 territories, for a $174.2 million global total.
In Barbie, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling star as the stereotypical versions of Barbie and Ken, who leave the world of Barbieland on a quest for self-discovery in the real world. The cast also includes Issa Rae, Dua Lipa, Simu Liu, Michael Cera, Helen Mirren, John Cena and Will Ferrell.