In a remarkable milestone, the fantasy adventure film featuring Margot Robbie in the iconic role of Barbie has carved its name in history as Warner Bros’ highest grossing movie ever. Surpassing all expectations, the film has garnered an astonishing $1.34 billion, solidifying its position as a cinematic juggernaut.
Over the weekend, Barbie movie achieved a significant feat by securing second place at the box office, closely following the debut of Gran Turismo. This achievement, coupled with an additional $17.1 million earned during the weekend, catapulted the film’s global earnings to a staggering $1.34 billion.
Sunday proved to be a pivotal day for the movie’s success. On National Cinema Day, fans enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to experience the female-centric narrative by contributing $7.75 million to the movie’s earnings in a single day. This remarkable response cemented the film’s status as a cultural phenomenon.
Stars Align for Success
The film stars Margot Robbie as Barbie herself and features Ryan Gosling in the role of her beloved ‘boyfriend’ Ken. This captivating duo has not only captured hearts but also broken records, surpassing the earnings of the previous record holder, 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which grossed $1.31 billion.
The film’s incredible journey doesn’t end here. With its soaring popularity and dedicated fan base, Barbie could potentially clinch the title of 2023’s most successful film by surpassing The Super Mario Bros movie with an additional $20 million in box office earnings. The upcoming weekend holds the promise of this historic achievement, with numerous screenings still scheduled in theaters.
The momentum is set to surge further as Barbie is set to make its IMAX debut on September 22. This exclusive engagement aims to provide audiences with an immersive cinematic experience, allowing them to enjoy the movie on the grandest screen. Additionally, viewers will be treated to never-before-seen post-credit footage, a special touch orchestrated by director Greta Gerwig.
Positive Ripple Effects
Barbie’s triumphant success has elicited positive responses beyond the realm of entertainment. Parent company Warner Bros Discovery witnessed a nearly four-percent rise in its stock value, reflecting the movie’s impact on the broader business landscape.
As the film’s legacy continues to flourish, its journey will extend into the digital realm. Barbie is set to be available for digital purchase on September 5, enabling fans to relive the captivating tale at their convenience.
In an interesting twist, another movie emerged in the same weekend as Barbie. Oppenheimer, a gripping drama delving into the race to create an atomic bomb during World War II, has also tasted success at the international box office, amassing an impressive $777.2 million. The movie’s ensemble cast including Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and Robert Downey Jr. has resonated with audiences worldwide.
A Global Voyage
The journey continues as Oppenheimer prepares to make its debut in China on August 30. Director Christopher Nolan’s presence in China to promote the film, amidst the challenges posed by the Covid outbreak, marks a significant milestone for the industry.
The Barbie movie, propelled by its engaging narrative and star-studded ensemble, has firmly established itself as a cinematic sensation, redefining the bounds of success and entertainment.
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