Greta Gerwig's 'Barbie': Surpasses 'The Dark Knight' as Warner Bros.' Top Domestic Grossing Film

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Greta Gerwig's 'Barbie': Surpasses 'The Dark Knight' as Warner Bros.' Top Domestic Grossing Film

Greta Gerwig's "Barbie" has surged past $537.5 million in domestic box office earnings. The film now surpasses Christopher Nolan's 2008 blockbuster "The Dark Knight" ($536 million) to become Warner Bros.' highest-grossing release in domestic history.

The film is also poised to exceed the $574 million record of Universal's animated film "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" as the most successful domestic release of 2023, as well as having reached a global milestone of $1.2 billion. "Mario" ($1.35 billion) is still this year's top-grossing worldwide release, but don't count "Barbie" out just yet.

"Barbie" has held the top position at the box office for four consecutive weekends, joining the billion-dollar club within just 17 days of theatrical run, setting a new record as the fastest Warner Bros. film to do so. There's also a  possibility that it might surpass the record set by 2011's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" ($1.34 billion) as Warner Bros.' highest-grossing worldwide release of all time.

In its early release days, "Barbie" marked the year's biggest opening with a substantial $162 million, outperforming the $146 million of "The Super Mario Bros. Movie." In addition, it claimed the title of the biggest debut ever for a film directed by a woman, overtaking the 2019 blockbuster "Captain Marvel" by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck ($153 million).

Margot Robbie, who stars in the lead role as the iconic character of Barbie in the film, serves as both the star and producer of the summer's most significant hit, and stands to earn approximately $50 million through a combination of salary and box office bonuses, according to reports. 

In the ever-evolving landscape of cinema, "Barbie" stands as a resplendent example of how imagination, innovation, and dedicated craftsmanship can culminate in a cinematic tour de force that captivates the hearts and wallets of audiences worldwide. 
 


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