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Barbie Overthrows Harry Potter As Highest-Grossing Warner Bros. Film

Barbie Overthrows Harry Potter As Highest-Grossing Warner Bros. Film

Barbie Overthrows Harry Potter As Highest-Grossing Warner Bros. Film

This Barbie girl is turning everything into a Barbie World! (And J.K. Rowling is probably mad about it!)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know that Great Gerwig’s inclusive AF Barbie movie has been dominating the box office and generating a lot of buzz in conversation since its release back in July!

Although it’s been smashing records left and right, it also just took on a new title as the highest-grossing movie ever for longtime film studio Warner BrosWarner Bros.

The win dethrones a 12-year run from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 as the top spot, a move that makes many in the LGBTQ+ communities happy since Barbie is trans-inclusive and original Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has had a recent few years disappointing us all and ruining the Harry Potter legacy by displaying herself as transphobic.

While surpassing the record, Barbie has gone on to gross $1.342 billion thus far over the previously held $1.315 billion held by Deathly Hallows. Barbie is also only one of the few movies in Warner Bros.' Top 25 earners list that is not part of a series/media franchise, alongside Inception, Twister, and Gravity.

The conversation around Barbie is also just beginning, seeing as how the film is still in its cinema run and has yet to be released to any streaming services, which are likely to set some more records once that happens. The win for Barbie comes after a slew of recent disappointments for the studio and proves why the stereotypical blonde doll always finds her way to the top.

When the movie crossed over the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, Gerwig said that, although she didn’t have any ideas yet for a Barbie sequel, she would be more than on board to continue.

“There’s a tone and a humor and a joy, and obviously the world is so beautiful,” she told Variety. “I want to go back to Barbie Land.”

Catch Barbie in theaters while you can! And keep your eyes and ears peeled for release dates for streaming and home release!

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