Barbie has created history by being the first billion-dollar movie of 2023, that too directed by a woman
Margot Robbie from Barbie
In 2023, Barbie film achieved remarkable commercial success, becoming the first and only movie directed by a woman to reach the billion-dollar mark at the global box office. It has collected $1.40 billion. However, the live-action fantasy also faced huge criticism despite its financial triumph. A large number of male audiences refused to watch Barbie, and throwing some bittersweet comments.
Despite facing criticism, the film defied expectations and became a box office success. Its triumph extended to outperforming Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer, the highly anticipated historical thriller about J Robert Oppenheimer.
Barbie's Golden Globe nominations
Even the Greta Gerwig-directorial dominated the Golden Globe nominations with nine nods for 2024 edition, including Best Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Actor and Best Actress nominations for Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, and three of its original songs.
In a recent roundtable interview hosted by The Hollywood Reporter, Margot Robbie stole the show with her insights into her Barbie movie. Joining her were fellow actresses Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon), Greta Lee (Past Lives), Emma Stone (Poor Things), and more, who all shared their perspectives on navigating the film industry, and shared the challenges they faced for their latest triumphs.
Margot Robbie's perspective on male audience
Margot shared that she faced a hard time to convince people that as Barbie is a four-quadrant movie (appeals to audiences of all age), men of all age can watch it. She was devastated to hear people constantly saying that men will not watch a movie like this, they don't like such feminine movies. “But men will go see a great movie. If it's great, everyone will go see it”, Margot stated.
Barbie is currently streaming on HBO Max.