Barbie Breezes by Captain Marvel in the Box Office Record Books as Gran Turismo Races Into Theaters

Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster continues its dominance as Gran Turismo gets its own head start at the box office.

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  • Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has surpassed Captain Marvel at the box office, now ranking third among female-directed billion-dollar films.
  • Barbie aims to surpass Frozen’s $1.3 billion and Frozen II’s $1.5 billion to become the highest-grossing female-led movie.
  • Gran Turismo, based on British racer Jann Mardenborough, entered the race with only $10.7 million, while Barbie brought in $33.7 million domestically.

Captain Marvel is officially in Barbie’s rearview mirror. Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster claims the top spot at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row, but it’s also passed by directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s billion-dollar contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Barbie now stands at $1.2 billion at the global box office.

Three women have now been involved in directing movies that have made a billion dollars or more. Boden’s Captain Marvel now monetarily ranks fourth out of those films with exactly $1,131,416,446.00 (per Box Office Mojo). The No. 3 spot now belongs to Gerwig’s Barbie ($1,183,909,000.00) after this weekend. And the bright-pink adaptation now has its sights set on surpassing Frozen’s $1.3 billion and Frozen II’s $1.5 billion. Both animated features were co-directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.

Gerwig already holds the record for being the only woman to direct a billion-dollar film by herself, but Lee’s Frozen and its sequel still have the distinction of making the most money in terms of a female-led movie. The caveat is that she co-directed her billion-dollar makers, while Gerwig sat in the director’s chair alone.

Barbie Reigns as Gran Turismo Revs Its Engine

Gran Turismo release date
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While Barbie continued to enjoy its stranglehold at the top of the box office, Gran Turismo officially entered the race overseas. However, Gran Turismo, which is loosely based on the real-life British racer Jann Mardenborough, only brought in $10.7 million. The film was originally slated to open on August 11 in the United States, but its release was pushed to August 25 because of the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike.

No. 1 Barbie brought in $33.7 million domestically. Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer continues to find explosive returns in the No. 2 slot with $18.8 million, while Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem laid claim to the No. 3 position with $15.8 million. Meg 2: The Trench’s $12.7-million haul landed the Jason Statham-led flick into fourth place. The Last Voyage of the Demeter was the weekend’s newcomer, but the latest Dracula film barely cracked the Top 5 with only $6.5 million.

It wasn’t all Barbieland shenanigans in theaters over the weekend, though. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One finally crossed the $500-million threshold worldwide with $522 million. And despite Meg 2: The Trench struggling in U.S. venues, Statham and company are killing it overseas with an international total of $203 million versus a $54-million take at home.

The big threat to Barbie’s supremacy at No. 1 over the next weekend — if there is arguably such a thing — opens Friday, August 18. DC’s Blue Beetle is currently tracking toward a $30-million weekend domestically, which is considerably lower than The Flash’s $55 million during its three-day opening.

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