Barbie is set to overtake the Super Mario Bros Movie as the highest-grossing movie of the year at the domestic box office.
Sorry, Mario. Barbie is now the star of the show. Per Deadline, Barbie will overtake the Super Mario Bros Movie to become the year’s highest-grossing movie at the domestic box office this Wednesday with a haul of over $574.2 million.
The Super Mario Bros Movie took 138 days to reach $574.2 million, which Barbie did in just 34 days. As it stands now, Mario remains #1 at the worldwide box office with $1.3 billion, but Barbie is just behind at $1.2 billion. As the film is still going strong, Mario might just have to give up that spot as well.
Barbie has also become the highest-grossing movie in Warner Bros. history at the domestic box office, speeding past the previous record holder, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Barbie also has the chance to surpass Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part Two to become the studio’s highest-grossing movie worldwide.
Speaking of the success of Barbie, Margot Robbie actually predicted that the film would gross $1 billion when she pitched it to the studio. “I believe my pitch at the green-lighting meeting was that studios have prospered when they’re bold enough to pair up a big idea and a visionary Director,“, Robbie said. “And I gave a number of examples, like, ‘dinosaurs, and [Steven] Spielberg’, that and that, and that and that. – pretty much anything that has been incredible and made tons of money for studios over the past years. I said, “And now you have Barbie and Greta Gerwig.” I think I oversold it, but we needed to make a movie, okay? !“
Greta Gerwig’s Barbie features a star-studded cast which includes Margot Robbie as the title character and Ryan Gosling as Ken. Barbie, who is suddenly concerned about her mortality, embarks on a journey to discover herself in the real world with a lovelorn Ken. The success of the film will almost certainly lead to a sequel being announced after the WGA and SAGAFTRA strikes are over. However, it was revealed that Robbie, Gosling or Gerwig do not have any deals in place for a follow-up. Barbie will be released on Digital on September 5th.