Barbie beats Captain Marvel to become the highest-grossing live-action film by a female director

Barbie continues on its record-breaking spree after it beat Captain Marvel to the title of highest-grossing live-action film ever by a female director.

Barbie is the second film to gross over $1 billion at the box office this year.

Barbie exploded into theaters last month, and nobody can stop talking about it. The film, alongside Oppenheimer, took the world by storm and combined for the fourth-biggest opening weekend in domestic box office history. Even though it's been almost a month since its release, it does not show any sign of slowing down, breaking new records as time goes on.

The film has already crossed the $1 billion mark and is only the second film of the year, alongside The Super Mario Bros. Movie, to achieve that feat. As Hollywood produced 'flopbuster' after flopbuster, Barbie achieving such stunning success is amplified even further. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barbie has now added a few more feathers to its cap. At the moment, the film has grossed over $1.19 billion at the global box office. Because of this, it is now the highest-grossing live-action film with a woman at the helm.

To achieve this feat, Barbie beat the Marvel Studios movie Captain Marvel, which grossed $1.13 billion during its theatrical run in 2019. Captain Marvel's claim to the record was tenuous at best since a woman and a man – Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck – directed it.

Because of this, Barbie was tagged as the highest-grossing film by a solo female director. Following the rise in its box office gross, the Margot Robbie-led film now holds the record outright for live-action films, whether they had a solo director or multiple directors.

What's more? Barbie has also deposed Aquaman as the second-highest-grossing Warner film ever. The final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, is in first position with a $1.34 billion box office gross.

Barbie star Margot Robbie stands to earn $50 million from the film.

Domestically, Barbie holds the record for the highest-grossing film directed by a woman across live-action and animations. That title belonged to Frozen II, by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck but Barbie's $526.3 million domestic gross was enough to knock it off its perch.

Barbie's domestic gross also makes it the second-highest-grossing Warner film in North America behind Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight - but there is yet time to topple Batman's arguably most revered cinematic appearance. 

Still, Barbie is going strong. It has shown incredible staying power and is still attracting audiences to theaters. Because of this, we expect it to surpass The Dark Knight's gross and become Warners' highest-grossing release in North America.

The Dark Knight grossed $534 million during its theatrical run in 2008, which means that Barbie is only $8 million away from surpassing it. Given that Barbie grossed an estimated $33.7 million in North America last weekend alone, we doubt it'll have any problem mustering an extra $8 million to depose The Dark Knight from its throne.

Barbie star Margot Robbie stands to make a whopping $50 million from the film. The Focus star's take-home is due to her huge contribution to the film's success. For one, she pitched the film to Warner Bros. and got them to greenlight it. She also recommended Greta Gerwig as director and produced the film under the banner of her production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

Barbie is still showing in theaters all over the world.

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Tobi is an avid reader with interest in everything entertainment. He also loves the big screen as it fuels his overactive imagination. When he is not reading a fantasy, sci-fi, or thriller novel, he is listening to music, watching TV, or surfing the internet. Tobi is on Steam as tobioguntola.
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