“Barbie” Tops “The Dark Knight” as Warner Bros. Highest-Grossing Domestic Release in History
Barbie has beaten Batman.
Greta Gerwig’s take on Mattel’s iconic doll has now become the highest-grossing domestic release in Warner Bros. history as Barbie has officially passed Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Barbie crossed the $537.5 million mark at the domestic box office, topping Nolan’s The Dark Knight‘s $536 million haul. The Margot Robbie-led look at what happens when Barbie starts questioning her reality has struck a major chord with audiences, which benefited from an incredible marketing campaign, excellent word-of-mouth, rave reviews, and a starry cast that went all-in.
Gerwig’s historic film is only going to smash more records in the coming days as it’s poised to overtake The Super Mario Bros. Movie‘s $574 million and become 2023’s biggest domestic hit. Barbie has already hit $1.2 billion globally, so surpassing Mario Bros.’ $1.35 billion global haul is very much within reach.
Barbie has been a pink-hued juggernaut since it was released on July 21, half of the Barbenheimer phenomenon in which Gerwig’s historic film premiered the same day as Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Nolan’s epic biopic has exceeded all expectations as well, once again uniting the two filmmakers. It only took Barbie a mere 17 days to hit the billion-dollar threshold, the fastest film in Warner Bros. history to do so. If Barbie passes $1.34 billion globally, it will best Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as the highest-grossing global film in Warner Bros. history.
It goes without saying that we’re living in Barbie‘s world at this point.
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Featured image: Caption: MARGOT ROBBIE as Barbie in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “BARBIE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures