5 Major Box Office Records Broken By “Barbie”

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in
Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in "Barbie"

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie was always going to be the biggest film of the summer, but it still managed to exceed our wildest expectations. In less than three weeks, Barbie managed to break many important box office records, and we’re bringing you an overview of its biggest achievements.

Epic Domestic Opening

Barbie knocked it out of the park during its opening weekend, to score the largest domestic opening at the North American box office for a film directed by a woman, with $162 million earned in the U.S. and Canada.

Historic Non-Superhero Opening

Barbie also scored the largest global opening for any film that’s not a sequel, remake, or superhero property.


It was just a matter of time before Barbie joined the $1 billion club, and that moment came during its third weekend in the theaters. To make the whole thing even more impressive, Barbie is the first film by a solo female director to reach this mark.

Highest-Grossing Female Directed Film

Barbie also became the highest-grossing film by a solo female director, surpassing the record previously held by Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot—who was coincidently one of the stars considered for the role of Barbie.

Margot Robbie’s Highest-Grossing Film

Margot Robbie told studio executives that Barbie would make $1 billion in an early pitch meeting. Her prediction came true and Barbie quickly became the highest-grossing film of her career, easily surpassing Suicide Squad.