Barbie, the latest film from Warner Bros., has taken the global box office by storm, amassing an impressive $1.03 billion in just three weeks. This remarkable achievement not only shattered the previous record held by Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman, but also propelled Barbie into the elite club of movies that have crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide.

The movie’s opening weekend set the stage for its triumph, raking in a staggering $356.2 million. Since its premiere on July 21, Barbie has continued to captivate audiences, accumulating $459 million in North American theaters and an additional $572.1 million internationally during the weekend. Comscore, a trusted source for media analytics, has confirmed these remarkable figures.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Barbie has not only claimed the title of the year’s second highest-grossing film, surpassing Nintendo’s The Super Mario Bros., but it has also etched its place in history. The film has outpaced Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, which had held the record with $821.8 million in global earnings. While Barbie reigns supreme among solo female-directed films at the box office, it’s important to note that three other female-directed movies—both Frozen films directed by Jennifer Lee ($1.3 billion and $1.45 billion respectively) and the Captain Marvel film directed by Anna Boden ($1.1 billion)—have achieved even greater financial success.

Barbie’s domestic success is equally remarkable, with a remarkable $459.4 million in North American box office earnings. This achievement establishes Barbie as the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman in North America, surpassing even Captain Marvel’s $426.8 million.

Interestingly, on the same day that Barbie premiered, another film, Oppenheimer, was also launched. Starring Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, this movie has swiftly generated substantial box office returns, amassing $552 million globally and $28.7 million in North America. In an impressive feat, Oppenheimer has even overtaken Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s box office earnings in just three weeks since its release.

The success of Barbie and Oppenheimer underscores the ever-growing impact of female filmmakers in the entertainment industry and showcases the immense appeal of their creative contributions.

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