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    Greta Gerwig Creates Box Office History With The Largest Opening Weekend For A Female Director With ‘Barbie’

    It’s a wonderful season for pink lovers as you can go all out with every shade of pink there possibly is and sashay your way to the cinemas. The gals, the guys the gays – it’s pink summer for everyone – thanks to the wonderful Greta Gerwig and her ‘Barbie‘.

    The most anticipated film of the year starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling is finally out. Within a span of three years, the movie has managed to bring down unprecedented records. Within just the first week the film has managed to perform way better than film critics expected it to. Thanks to the wonderful cast, an absolutely brilliant marketing team who painted the literal world pink for its promotions and all the anticipation surrounding a live-action version of our favorite dolls from childhood. Here’s how Gerwig has made history with her third directorial journey.

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    Greta Gerwig Makes History With ‘Barbie’

    Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie‘ movie debuted to an estimated $155 million at the North American box office over the July 21–23 weekend, a record-breaking amount that considerably outperforms Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman‘ which had a $103.3 domestic debut. It now is the highest-recorded opening weekend for a female director in history. Before ‘Wonder Woman‘, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘ held the record for the best debut for a solo female director. Over the four-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend in 2015, that movie launched to $93 million, with a three-day take of $85 million.

    Barbie‘ outperformed Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer‘, which opened to $80 million. The film also notched the best opening of the year thus far and one of the best debuts since the pandemic.

    The film’s budget was 145 million and it already made back the money that was spent making it. The movie can be expected to make much more over the next month. It has already crossed the $300 million mark. It is, after all, the most anticipated movie of 2023.

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    The Audience’s Verdict

    'Barbie' starring Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie
    ‘Barbie’ starring Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie

    So far, the film has mostly received good reviews. With the exception of a few who label it as a ‘feminist movie talking about patriarchy’. But for the most part, the film is a laugh-out-loud comedy with layered deep jokes which will probably make you sit and think. The film has a strong and powerful message but Greta Gerwig has beautifully masked it with comedy. It’s nostalgic – as you think back on all the times you loved Barbie and as a grown-up, it gives you a deeper understanding of the rooted patriarchy and what it can do to men as a whole.

    No further spoilers here. Take out your pink boots and your pink dresses, get dolled up and watch Barbie at your nearest theatre. It truly is worth it.

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    Nibir Konwar
    Nibir Konwar
    Nibir is nineteen, an autumn lover, and a poetry enthusiast. She loves Taylor Swift, Jeff Buckley, Sally Rooney and everything that's blue. She has had one year of experience as a content writer at First Curiosity and writes poetry and researches on literary criticism in her free time. Nibir is also an ardent reader and a fierce feminist. She aspires to author books someday and be an advocate for mental health.

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