UPDATED: As we told you earlier this week, Barbie was kicking Super Mario Bros Movie out of the top domestic spot of 2023 on Wednesday. The Warner Bros. theatrical release made $2.55M sending its total running cume stateside to $575.4M. Barbie isn’t the highest grossing YTD yet around the world with $1.3 billion to Super Mario‘s $1.35 billion.
Barbie is Warner Bros’ top grossing movie ever at the domestic B.O. having already bested 2008’s The Dark Knight with $534.9M. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II remains the studio’s overall global champ at $1.34 billion.
Super Mario Bros, which is already on Universal’s streaming service Peacock, is set to get a re-release this weekend for National Cinema Day. However, Barbie is going to continue to pump out more green as opposed to pink: She’s getting her first Imax run during the week of Sept. 22 with never-before-seen end credits footage.
Warners celebrate the milestone on the Burbank, CA lot:
PREVIOUS, AUG. 22: On Wednesday, Warner Bros.’ Barbie will become the highest-grossing movie at the 2023 domestic box office with north of $574.2M, overtaking Universal/Illumination Entertainment’s The Super Mario Bros Movie, whose stateside run finaled at that amount.
The last time Warner Bros. ruled with the top-grossing movie of the year was in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, which amassed $381M.
It remains to be seen if any other titles on the current theatrical release schedule including Warner’s own Wonka and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and Disney/Marvel Studios’ The Marvels can best Barbie.
It took Super Mario Bros Movie 138 days to get to $574.2M, and it took last year’s top domestic champ Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount/Skydance 40 days to reach that point. It’s only taking Barbie 34 days. Through Monday, the Greta Gerwig-directed feature — the top-grossing pic ever from a female director — grossed $569.3M. Today, Barbie is on her way to minting $3M on what is a discount ticket day. Top Gun: Maverick took 47 days to reach $600M. Barbie beat Top Gun 2 to the $500M domestic threshold, reaching that benchmark in 22 days to the Tom Cruise sequel’s 30 days. It took Super Mario Bros 31 days to cross the half-billion mark in U.S./Canada.
In her fifth weekend, Barbie grossed $21M, besting the $18.55M fifth weekend take of Super Mario Bros — but not Top Gun 2, which did $29.6M at the same point in time. This weekend, in its sixth frame, Barbie is expected to gross $12M-$13M.