Barbie box office: How much has it made?

Lucy-Jo Finnighan
Margot Robbie in the Barbie movieWarner Bros.

How much has Barbie made at the global box office? Greta Gerwig’s pink dream has been breaking all kinds of records, so here’s how it’s performing so far.

Anticipation was high for Barbie, and the reviews have been mostly positive, with Greta Gerwig’s film earning a Rotten Tomatoes score of 88%.

As we state in our 5-Star review of the movie, “Barbie is an enigma of a movie. It is a children’s film made for adults, done in a thoughtful and loving way. It’s comforting, but never pandering. Like finding one of your old dolls in a drawer at your parent’s house, Barbie manages to take a stereotypical object we’re all familiar with, and make it personally existential.”

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That critical success has now translated into a box office bonanza, with Barbie a bona fide blockbuster.

Barbie breaks box office records

As of September 4, 2023, Barbie has earned over $1.4 billion at the global box office.

Barbie is now the biggest global earning Warner Bros. movie ever, and the highest-grossing domestic movie of the year. Furthermore, it’s the biggest ever female solo directed film, overtaking 2017’s Wonder Woman. Greta Gerwig is now the first woman to independently helm a billion dollar movie.

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Barbie is also the 11th highest-grossing movie of all time domestically, surpassing even the first Avengers movie.

In an interview with Collider, Robbie admitted to a promising this result to Hollywood in order to get the movie greenlit: “And then I gave a series of examples like, ‘dinosaurs and [Steven] Spielberg,’ that and that, that and that — pretty much naming anything that’s been incredible and made a ton of money for the studios over the years. And I was like, ‘And now you’ve got Barbie and Greta Gerwig.’ And I think I told them that it’d make a billion dollars, which maybe I was overselling, but we had a movie to make, okay?!”

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Buoyed by the ‘Barbenheimer’ opening weekend phenomenon, analyst David A. Gross told Variety: “This is an unequivocally great weekend for moviegoing. Barbie and Oppenheimer are complementing each other at the box office, not taking audience from each other.”

“We have a pink unicorn here,” said Jeff Goldstein, the president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. “We thought it would be $75 million for the opening weekend. Nobody saw $155 million coming. This doll has long legs.”

Furthermore, Barbie opened well for preview screenings in July, earning around $23.3 million, and became the biggest preview night of the year, according to Deadline. In comparison, the latest Marvel Studios movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, earned $17.5 million on its preview night. 

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Seems like Barbie really Ken do anything!

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Lucy-Jo is a Movies and TV Writer at Dexerto, and has previously written for Screen Rant and Girls on Tops. After earning a Master's Degree in Film and Literature, Lucy-Jo now loves covering films, TV shows, and anime, especially if it's something by Mike Flanagan, or anything drenched in camp. You can contact her at lucyjo.finnighan@dexerto.com