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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ Sets Box Office Record for Female Film – Deadline

One of the main records Barbie is breaking this weekend is the best domestic opening for a film directed by a female director with $155 million. This figure exceeds that of 2019 Captain Marvel which was directed by Anna Boden and had a $153 million opening.

Globally with about $337 million, Barbie it is the second best opening for a film by a female after Captain Marvel which made $456.7 million. Big numbers: the entire global draw for Gerwig’s 2019 awards crossover title, Little Womenit was $218.8 million.

Other big debuts for films directed by a female director include that of Patty Jenkin Wonder Woman in 2017, which had a $103.2 million start in the state.

Other notable domestic openings by female filmmakers include that of Sam Taylor-Johnson Fifty Shades of Grey which pulled in an $85.1m 3-day, $93m 4-day over the Presidents’ Day/Valentine’s Day weekend.

As we already told you, Barbie is the highest opening YTD domestically topping the $146.3 million posted by Illumination/Universal’s Super Mario Bros Movie.

This weekend with Oppenheimer the $80.5 million overperformance looks set to fuel its fourth-best weekend ever with an estimated $304 million behind Avengers: Endgame frame (April 26-28, 2019; $402 million), Avengers: Infinity Warweekend (April 27-29, 2018; $314.8 million) and the weekend when Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted (all pictures during December 18-20, 2015 grossing $313.2 million).

Gerwig was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay little women, and two for Mrs. Bird (Direction and Original Screenplay).

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