The film industry witnessed a new champion in the Warner Bros. lineup as Greta Gerwig’s Barbie skyrocketed to an astounding $1.34 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the studio’s highest-grossing film to date.
Barbie has not just come to life but has set the cinematic stage on fire. The iconic Mattel doll has achieved a significant milestone by surpassing iconic Warner Bros. films, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 at $1.31B, Aquaman at $1.14B and The Dark Knight Rises at $1.08B.
With Barbie setting new standards, Warner Bros. will undoubtedly be on the lookout for its next big venture. The challenge lies in creating stories that not only entertain but also resonate deeply with diverse global audiences. If Barbie is any indicator, fresh takes on familiar tales might be the way forward, but Warner Bros. doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to decision-making.
Warner Bros. has an exciting lineup on the horizon with long-awaited titles like The Nun II, Wonka, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and The Color Purple. However, the schedule might see changes as the ongoing Hollywood strikes pose potential delays, as seen with Dune: Part Two.
It’s A Barbie World
Barbie stars Margot Robbie as the titular doll alongside Ryan Gosling’s Ken in Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster debut. Based on the popular Mattel brand, the film surpassed all expectations of success, making Gerwig the first female director to have their film reach a billion dollars.
The film’s synopsis reads: “Barbie and Ken are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans.”
Alongside Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie, the cast includes Will Ferrell, John Cena, Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Ariana Greenblatt, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Alexandra Shipp, Michael Cera, Issa Rae, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rhea Perlman, Kate McKinnon, Dua Lipa and Helen Mirren.
Barbie is now playing in theaters.