In an impressive feat for Warner Bros., Friday’s film “Barbie” became the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office in 2023.
With a sum of over 574.2 million US dollars, it left its closest competitor, “Super Mario Bros.”, behind in the USA. This milestone marks Warner Bros.’ return to the top-grossing film list of the year after topping 2011’s $381 million in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.
The success of “Barbie” has been remarkable, and it is expected that no other film this year can match its achievement. Even Warner Bros. movies like Wonka and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, as well as Disney/Marvel Studios’ The Marvels, will have a tough challenge to outdo the iconic doll.
Comparing the numbers, it took Super Mario Bros. Movie 138 days to hit the $574.2 million mark, while Top Gun: Maverick took 40 days to do so last year.
However, “Barbie” reached this milestone in just 34 days, proving its enormous popularity with audiences. In other words, It not only made history as the most successful film by a woman (Greta Gerwig) but also captivated the audience, a highlight in the specialist media.
The film has grossed $574.2 million at the domestic box office and more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The best? It is expected to continue to thrive in the coming days.
In its fifth weekend in cinemas, “Barbie” grossed $21 million, beating the $18.55 million that “Super Mario Bros.” grossed over the same period. However, it failed to surpass Top Gun 2’s $29.6 million in the same period.
“Barbie” is expected to continue its strong run for its sixth weekend, with box office grossing estimated at $12–13 million.