Greta Gerwig’s Barbie broke several records by grossing $155 million in the US last weekend. This is the highest figure in the entire history of the American box office for a movie directed by a woman, writes The Verge.
The previous record belongs to Anna Boden’s Captain Marvel, which grossed $153 million. In addition, the movie beat Super Mario Bros. Movie ($146 million) as the highest-grossing US opening of 2023 and reached a worldwide box office total of $33 million.
“The massive, overwhelming response we’ve seen out there proves what we’ve known from the beginning: that ‘Barbie’ is not only an incredibly special film, but clearly the theatrical event of the summer, if not the year,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. Pictures president of domestic distribution in a statement. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of it, and congratulate everyone involved in this brilliant labor of love.”
The movie Oppenheimer by Christopher Nolan also opened strongly. At the global box office, it grossed $174.2 million, of which about $80.5 million was in the United States. This movie also broke several records. According to Deadline, the R-rated historical drama had the biggest worldwide premiere and weekend for a biopic, surpassing Bohemian Rhapsody with $124 million.
It’s also Nolan’s third-highest weekend at the box office, both domestically and internationally, and his biggest non-superhero film after The Dark Knight Rises ($161 million) and The Dark Knight ($158 million).
According to AVClub, Barbenheimer’s gross helped make it the fourth-highest weekend in U.S. box office history.