'Barbillion': Barbie tops one billion dollars in global ticket sales

Greta Gerwig is set to break a record as a female director. Credit: AP

Barbie has made history after taking more than a billion dollars in global ticket sales in what’s described as a watershed moment.

The hit film topped the billion dollar mark this weekend, according to studio estimates, meaning co-writer Greta Gerwig has broken the record for female directors.

The Margot Robbie-led and produced film has been comfortably seated in first place for three weeks and isn’t slowing down.

It crossed $400 million (£313 million) in the United States and $500 million (£391 million) internationally faster than any other Warner Bros movie, including the Harry Potter films.

“As distribution chiefs, we’re not often rendered speechless by a film’s performance, but Barbillion has blown even our most optimistic predictions out of the water,” said Jeff Goldstein and Andrew Cripps, who oversee distribution for the studio.

In modern box office history, 53 movies have made over a billion dollars – and Barbie is now the biggest to be directed by one woman, supplanting Wonder Woman’s 821.8 million dollars (£643 million).

Three movies that were co-directed by women are still ahead of Barbie, including Frozen and Captain Marvel.

At top spot is Frozen 2 with 1.45 billion dollars (£1.13 billion), co-directed by Jennifer Lee.

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