'Barbie' Box Office: Greta Gerwig breaks opening weekend record for a female director

‘Barbie’ Box Office: Greta Gerwig breaks opening weekend record for a female director

Greta Gerwig broke the opening weekend record for a female director, solo or otherwise.

His Barbie The film opened with an estimated $155 million at the North American box office the weekend of July 21-23, a historic sum that easily surpasses Patty Jenkins’ $100 million domestic opening. Wonder Woman. In 2019, Captain Marvel it also broke the glass ceiling when it debuted to $153 million. That film was co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Other stats: Barbie marked the best opener of the year to date, as well as one of the best opens since the pandemic, and dominated Christopher Nolan’s male lean Oppenheimer this weekend. (Oppenheimer still did well in its own right for a three-hour historical drama opening to $80.5 million).

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BarbieThe stunning opening of is a testament to Gerwig’s vision to bring the world’s most popular fashion doll to the big screen, as well as the marketing campaign orchestrated by Warner Bros. and toymaker Mattel.

THE Barbie The movie, starring Margot Robbie in the lead role and Ryan Gosling as Ken, has turned into what is arguably the movie event of the year so far. Women of all ages and girls made up nearly 70 percent of the audience, according to exit polls.

Barbie is Gerwig’s third feature film following her acclaimed 2017 film special Lady Birdwhich marked her solo directorial debut and earned her five Academy Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Feature. Lady Bird grossed $80 million at the global box office, a stellar number for an indie title. Gerwig’s next directorial release was to Sony in 2019 Little Women adaptation, which opened to $16.8 million domestically over the Christmas break to earn $218.8 million globally. Little woman it also earned Gerwig an Academy Award nomination for Best Director.

Barbie — which brings Mattel’s iconic fashion doll to life — is also aiming for big numbers in some overseas markets for an expected international debut of up to $120 million and $380 or more globally.

At a defining moment for Hollywood’s gender problem, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman earned a $103.3 million payout in June 2017. Overseas, Wonder Woman it also won the weekend with $125 million from 55 markets for a global span of $228.3 million. (Captain MarvelStarring Brie Larson, it opened to $455 million globally.)

Previous record holder for best opening for a solo coxswain first Wonder Woman it was by Sam Taylor-Johnson Fifty Shades of Gray, without adjusting for inflation. That film debuted to $93 million over the four-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend in 2015, including a three-day haul of $85 million.

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