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‘Barbie’ Beats Out ‘The Dark Knight’ to Become Warner Bros. Biggest Domestic Movie Ever

‘Barbie’ Beats Out ‘The Dark Knight’ to Become Warner Bros. Biggest Domestic Movie Ever

Barbie has passed yet another major milestone.

On Tuesday, Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster surpassed Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight to became Warner Bros.’ most lucrative film ever in North America, not adjusting for inflation.

The pink-filled film pulled in $6.1 million on Tuesday, bringing the total domestic gross to $537.4 million. Back in 2008, The Dark Knight completed its box office run with $536 million.

This is one of many milestones Barbie has reached in its month-long run. Earlier this month, the film passed the $1 billion mark (it’s up to $1.2 billion as of today). The movie is also Warner Bros. second highest grossing film globally, sitting just being Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at $1.34 billion.

Director Greta Gerwig is also one of three female directors — and the first solo one — to direct a movie that reached the billion-dollar club. Jennifer Lee co-directed Frozen and Frozen 2 with Chris Buck, and Anna Boden co-directed Captain Marvel with Ryan Fleck.

As for Nolan, whose latest film Oppenheimer released on the same day as Barbie, we can’t imagine he’s upset with his current box office standing. The three-hour long drama about the father of the atomic bomb is already Nolan’s fifth-biggest film at the global box office, earning $650 million and counting.

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