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Margot Robbie is set to make $50 million for bringing Barbie to the big screen

Stewart Perrie

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Margot Robbie is set to make $50 million for bringing Barbie to the big screen

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Margot Robbie is set for a big pay day when Barbie mania wraps up.

Variety has learned the Australian actor, who also produced the global smash hit through her production company LuckyChap Entertainment, could make as much as $50 million.

That is a combination of her salary for the film as well as bonuses related to the box office.

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The film has made nearly $1.2 billion from cinemas around the world and it will likely continue bringing in the big bucks as people keep flocking to theaters.

Variety says director Greta Gerwig is also set for a humungous pay day when the film eventually finishes its theatrical run.

Barbie has become the highest-grossing film in history by a female director.

Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.
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It recently dethroned the record held by Frozen II director Jennifer Lee and has also become Warner Bros' second-highest grossing film after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

While Barbie might be making a splash everywhere in the world, it seems there will be some people who won't get to see it.

The film has been banned in Kuwait and Vietnam for various reasons and Lebanon could be about to follow suit.

Kuwait removed it from cinemas to protect 'public ethics' because the movie 'promulgate[s] ideas and beliefs that are alien to Kuwaiti society and public order', according to a spokesman for the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information.

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Last week, authorities in Lebanon issued a call for Barbie to be removed over fears that it 'promotes homosexuality and transsexuality… supports rejecting a father's guardianship, undermines and ridicules the role of the mother, and questions the necessity of marriage and having a family'.

Lebanese Culture Minister Mohammad Mortada begged his country to take all the necessary steps to get it removed.

However, it's a very different story over in Vietnam.

Barbie has made $1 billion at the box office. Credit: Warner Bros
Barbie has made $1 billion at the box office. Credit: Warner Bros
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The country decided to pull it from cinemas over a very specific detail in one scene.

The moment in question shows Margot Robbie's Barbie meeting Weird Barbie (Kate McKinnon) and being told about the world outside of Barbie Land.

In the background of the scene there is a child-like drawing of a map.

There is a depiction of the Nine Dash Line, which is used on Chinese maps to show the territory it claims in the South China Sea.

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The South China Sea is contested by China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei, so a map showing the 'nine-dash line' would not likely go down well in Vietnam, which says China's claims in the region violate its sovereignty.

Speaking out about the controversy, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. said: "The map in Barbie Land is a child-like crayon drawing.

"The doodles depict Barbie’s make-believe journey from Barbie Land to the ‘real world.’ It was not intended to make any type of statement."

Topics: Celebrity, Barbie, Margot Robbie

Stewart Perrie
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