Barbie starring Margot Robbie makes history as it overtakes Harry Potter to become the highest-earning Warner Bros film EVER with $1.34 billion – and it could become 2023’s biggest movie
Barbie needs to plan a new dance party.
The fantasy adventure, which came in second at the box office over the weekend, just behind newcomer Gran Turismo, has now become the highest grossing film in Warner Bros history.
The additional $17.1 million the film collected over the weekend boosted its global payday to $1.34 billion.
A good portion of that came in Sunday as fans gladly handed over $4 for a ticket to see the female friendly film during National Cinema Day. Barbie earned $7.75 million that day alone, according to Box Office Mojo.
The movie, starring Margo Robbie as the title character and Ryan Gosling as her ‘boyfriend’ Ken, broke the record set by 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which earned $1.31 billion.
Celebrate: Barbie needs to plan a new dance party. The fantasy adventure has now become the highest grossing film in Warner Bros history with global earnings of $1.34 billion
If the film can earn another $20 million in theaters, it could surpass The Super Mario Bros movie to become the most successful film of the year.
That could happen this coming weekend as interest in the film remains strong with multiple showings still scheduled at theaters.
However, Barbie is sure to get a boost in ticket sales when it’s released in IMAX September 22.
‘You can still wear pink after Labor Day,’ Warner Bros announced on the Barbie Movie Instagram account.
‘Coming to IMAX for one week only, starting September 22.’
‘Watch the biggest movie of the summer on the biggest screen, along with never before seen post-credit footage!’
That new new footage will be selected by director Greta Gerwig.
‘As a special thanks to Barbie fans, we’re excited to share a little bit more of our cast and crew’s incredible work by adding special new footage we hope audiences will enjoy,’ the Oscar nominee said in a statement to Variety.
The news was good news for parent company Warner Bros Discovery whose stock finished up nearly four-percent.
Former champ: Before Barbie came along, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 held the record for the highest earning Warner Bros film with global earnings of $1.31 billion
Imax: Barbie is scheduled to open on IMAX screens across the US September 22 with the promise of new footage in the credits selected by director Greta Gerwig
Global earnings: Oppenheimer, which opened the same weekend as Barbie as part of a highly anticipated ‘Barbenheimer’ combo has done well at the box office, earning $777.2 million at the box office internationally ahead of its debut in China August 30
Variety reported previously that Barbie will be available on digital September 5.
The movie can now be pre-ordered on Amazon for $24.95.
Oppenheimer, which opened the same weekend as Barbie as part of a highly anticipated ‘Barbenheimer’ combo has done well at the box office.
The drama about the race to create an atomic bomb amid the atrocities of World War II has earned $777.2 million at the box office internationally.
The historical story starring Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Robert Downey, Jr and stands to add to its coffers when it opens in China August 30.
Director Christopher Nolan traveled there, becoming the first Hollywood filmmaker to travel to China to promote the film since the Covid outbreak, according to Deadline.
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