Barbie is only one of 20 titles to ever cross major milestone at the domestic box office
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Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has been smashing all sorts of records since its release in July and now, it’s entered a special group of just 20 movies that have hit a US box office milestone.
The movie, which sees Margot Robbie play the titular doll alongside Ryan Gosling as Ken, has earned Gerwig a place in history as Barbie became the highest grossing movie from a female director after it sailed past the $1bn mark at the box office.
Not only that, Barbie has so far managed to pull in $502.6 million at the US box office, according to Forbes - making it part of a very exclusive club of just 20 movies that has topped $500m in the domestic box office.
Pretty impressive, right?
Commenting on the massive success of the movie earlier this month, Warner Bros’ Jeff Goldstein, President of Domestic Distribution, and Andrew Cripps, President of International Distribution said: “As distribution chiefs, we’re not often rendered speechless by a film’s performance, but Barbillion has blown even our most optimistic predictions out of the water.
“This is a watershed moment for Barbie, and no one but Greta Gerwig could have brought this cross-generational icon and her world to life in such a funny, emotional and entertaining story, one that is resonating with all four quadrants of moviegoers and literally turning the entire world pink.
"Long lines and repeat viewings prove that movies are back in a big, big way, and we look forward to seeing just how far Barbie can go in the real world.”
In an interview with Collider, she said: "I think my pitch in the greenlight meeting was the studios have prospered so much when they're brave enough to pair a big idea with a visionary director.
"I gave a series of examples like, 'dinosaurs and [Steven] Spielberg' – pretty much naming anything that's been incredible and made a ton of money for the studios over the years. And I was like, 'And now you've got Barbie and Greta Gerwig'.
"And I think I told them that it'd make a billion dollars, which maybe I was overselling, but we had a movie to make."
And now it seems as though she’s been proven wrong in the best possible way as the movie continues its pink-coloured domination at the box office.