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‘Barbie’ Smashes the Box Office, Raking in a Cool Billion

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hold on to your hats, folks! The silver screen sensation ‘Barbie’ is hitting it out of the park, having rocketed past the jaw-dropping $1 billion mark in global ticket sales. Warner Bros. Pictures, a star in the Warner Bros. Discovery constellation (NASDAQ:WBD), proudly announced this on Sunday.

In their exciting statement, Warner Bros. revealed that this dreamy laugh-fest had charmed a whopping $459 million out of domestic audiences – that’s us Yanks and our neighbors to the north – and managed to woo another $572.1 million internationally. This adds up to a grand total of a staggering $1.0315 billion since it wowed movie-goers in July. Media analytics gurus at Comscore double-checked these impressive numbers and gave them their thumbs up.

The incredibly talented Greta Gerwig, who both penned and directed ‘Barbie’, has scored a major win for women everywhere. She’s the first female director flying solo to crush the billion-dollar ceiling, according to Warner Bros.

Now in its third weekend at the box office, ‘Barbie’ shows no signs of slowing down. Over this weekend alone, Friday to Sunday, the film pulled in an eye-popping $127 million globally, splitting it as $53 million from domestic movie buffs and another $74 million from international fans, as verified by Comscore.

The distribution honchos at Warner Bros., Jeff Goldstein and Andrew Cripps, were bowled over by the film’s unprecedented success. They quipped in a statement, “We’re usually the ones with words, but Barbillion has outperformed even our wildest dreams.”

The film, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as the iconic Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) duo, Barbie and Ken, catapults these beloved dolls into a thrilling escapade in the real world.

Despite its roaring success, ‘Barbie’ lands at the second spot this year, trailing behind ‘The Super Mario Bros.’ which since its April release has raked in a towering total of $1.357 billion at the box office. Talk about some stiff competition!

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