Barbie has smashed another box office record, this time surpassing Harry Potter‘s.
The latest film, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie as the iconic doll, has been a major commercial success, recently surpassing $1 billion worldwide.
The Warner Bros. picture is now the studio’s fastest movie to reach that milestone (17 days), surpassing former record holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which did it in 19 days back in 2011.
@BingeWatchThis_ announced the record-breaking news with a tweet which included stills of both movies side-by-side garnering the tweet 5.6K+ Views:
#Barbie has overtaken 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2' record for reaching $1B at the box office in a shorter time period. 🤯
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – 19 days
Barbie – 17 days pic.twitter.com/KUmAk3PEkF
— Binge Watch This (@BingeWatchThis_) August 11, 2023
With $1.34 billion, Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is Warner Bros’ highest-grossing film ever, however there’s a chance Barbie could break that record as well.
Robbie earlier anticipated that Barbie could become a billion-dollar success, as she recently recalled her original pitch meeting.
“I think my pitch in the greenlight meeting was that the studios have prospered so much when they’re brave enough to pair a big idea with a visionary director,” she explained to Collider.
“I gave a series of examples like, ‘dinosaurs and [Steven] Spielberg’ – 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.”
While the success of Barbie may seem to indicate that a sequel is imminent, a recent report revealed that Robbie, Gerwig, and co-star Ryan Gosling do not have negotiations in place for a sequel film.
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