Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has surpassed $1 billion at the global box office ($459 million in North America and $572 million internationally), making her the first solo female filmmaker to achieve this feat. The film has been a critical and commercial success, opening to rave reviews and becoming the second-highest-grossing movie of 2023 behind The Super Mario Bros ($1.35 billion).
Three other billion-dollar blockbusters were co-directed by women. Frozen and Frozen 2 were both co-directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. These two films grossed a combined $2.75 billion worldwide. Captain Marvel was co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. This film grossed $1.1 billion worldwide.
Barbie has remained at the top of the box office for three consecutive weekends, despite facing off against other major releases such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, Meg 2: The Trench, and Oppenheimer.
Barbie is a live-action comedy about the iconic doll, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. The film has been praised for its subversion of gender stereotypes and its positive portrayal of female empowerment.
Gerwig co-wrote the screenplay with her partner Noah Baumbach, and the film also features an ensemble cast that includes Issa Rae, America Ferrera, Dua Lipa, Simu Liu, Michael Cera, Helen Mirren, John Cena, and Will Ferrell.
The film’s success is a watershed moment for female filmmakers, and it is a testament to Gerwig’s talent and vision. The film’s success is a sign that audiences are hungry for stories that challenge traditional gender roles and portray women as strong, independent, and capable individuals.
Barbie is now playing in theaters worldwide.