Fans knew that Barbie was going to make bonkers numbers in the box office, and besides passing a billion worldwide, the film has managed to touch a new milestone.
According to Deadline, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has become the highest-grossing film ever to have been directed by a woman. The previous holder of that title was Captain Marvel which was co-directed by Anna Boden, and domestically, the title had belonged to Frozen II which was co-directed by Jennifer Lee.
There are multiple reasons behind the success of Barbie, what will all the Barbenheimer hype going around the internet; but with Gerwig’s rep for being the forefront voice in feminist cinema, and Barbie being a worldwide icon, you can bet that cinephiles and Barbie fans were going to be coming to theaters to see what kind of film Gerwig had cooked up for them.
If anything, even Christopher Nolan should be thanking the Barbenheimer hype, because Oppenheimer also managed to be a huge success, despite not having any superheroes and being a film which mostly just has everyone disputing US loyalties in a room.
We don’t know what the future holds for Barbie yet, but fans are already curious if a sequel should happen. After all, the film does tell one solid story, and a sequel could spoil that. Some are thinking they could just pull a Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and crossover with another Mattel property.
You think an existential crisis could work for the He-Man movie if it was happening?
Catch Barbie now screening in theaters.