Barbie has sailed past $1 billion in global ticket sales

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In just three weeks, Greta Gerwig’s film “Barbie” has exceeded expectations at the box office, earning a staggering $1.03 billion globally, according to official estimates from Warner Bros. This weekend alone, the film brought in an additional $53 million from North American locations. “Barbie” now holds the title of the biggest film directed by a woman, surpassing “Wonder Woman” which grossed $821.8 million worldwide. However, three films that were co-directed by women still rank higher than “Barbie,” including “Frozen” (directed by Jennifer Lee) and “Captain Marvel” (directed by Anna Boden).

Despite facing new competition from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” and “Meg 2: The Trench,” “Barbie” managed to maintain its momentum and secure its position at the top of the box office. “Meg 2” received mixed reviews but still opened with a strong $30 million from 3,503 locations. On the other hand, “Oppenheimer,” directed by Christopher Nolan, continued to perform well in its third weekend, earning $28.7 million from 3,612 North American locations.

Critics have given “Meg 2” a low score of 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences have given it a slightly better rating of B-. The film was released in 3D, which accounted for 22% of its first weekend box office. Meanwhile, “Oppenheimer” has become the highest-grossing R-rated film of the year, surpassing “John Wick Chapter 4” and ranking as the sixth-biggest film of the year overall. It has also crossed the $500 million mark globally, surpassing Nolan’s previous film “Dunkirk.”

In fourth place at the box office was Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” which earned an estimated $28 million from 3,858 theaters. The film has received positive reviews and audience scores, contributing to its success. Since its opening on Wednesday, it has accumulated a total of $43.1 million.

Overall, “Barbie” has surpassed expectations and set a new record for female-directed films. Its success highlights the demand for diverse storytelling and the potential for women directors to make a significant impact in the film industry.

Additional reporting by agencies.

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