‘Barbie’ Box Office Shatters Expectations

Greta Gerwig, who is set to direct two Narnia movies for Netflix, watched her latest film Barbie light up the box office with a $155 million opening weekend. It went head-to-head with Director Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, which grossed $80.5 million.

This was far ahead of expectations for both movies, and the biggest box office weekend since the start of the pandemic. Read more.

These kinds of numbers often lead to directors gaining more clout and bigger budgets for future projects. How will the success of Barbie affect Gerwig’s Narnia adaptations?

5 Responses

  1. Anna says:

    Big numbers! Seems like she’ll continue to have creative control for her projects. Thankfully, I think her creative vision has been proven in the past so I view this as a positive!

  2. PrinceRillianIX says:

    A great accomplishment for everyone involved and deservedly so! In terms of what affect this will have on her adaptations, I just hope this gives Netflix incentive to provide a theatrical release for them when they’re eventually ready.

  3. Micah Scott says:

    I think it will help the Narnia movies get made since it made so much money, but as someone who had the missfortune to watch it, all I can say is that I hope the two “movies” she makes for Narnia are way more “little women” and nothing at all like Barbie. It was the worst movie I’ve seen in years. And I watch a lot of movies.

  4. Congratulations to Greta Gerwig on this marvellous success :).

    Also, well done to the marketing team behind Barbie – pink Barbie promotions were everywhere, here in the cities of Australia! (And I’m sure, elsewhere.) It really was a successful campaign – getting double the people to the cinema on the opening weekend, than Indiana Jones 5…

    I saw many people at my local multiplex, wearing pink to join in on the fun.

    What does this success mean for Narnia movies? It is too early to tell for certain (we don’t have a crystal ball after all!). However, if Netflix was going to pull the plug on Narnia in the case that Barbie was a flop – that most likely won’t happen!

    Looks like we’ll be getting another Narnia movie – well, hopefully.

    As we know, Joe Johnston told us in 2017 that they would be filming that winter!! So we won’t know until we see the movie with our own eyes! (I think it was Rillian on Talking Beasts who said, sometimes movies get completed, and in the can – and are never released! And HBO Max, Disney Plus and Paramount Plus have all taken shows off, to save money and pay less tax) so here’s hoping all things go smoothly and we get to watch the next (two??) Narnia movie/s!

    Well done, again Greta Gerwig – you deserve the success! Can’t wait for Narnia to also have renewed interest and anticipation. 🙂 I wish Ms Gerwig all the best as she prepares Narnia for an audience of a new generation.

  5. Reepicheep775 says:

    I’m going to see it tomorrow! It really warms my heart to see movie theatres doing so well post-pandemic. I was worried about them for a while there. They may not be out of the woods yet, but with the success of Mission Impossible, Oppenheimer and Barbie this summer is encouraging.