Greta Gerwig’s Barbie entered rarified air over the weekend when it surpassed over $1 billion at the box office! Pretty ironic that that movie blew up faster than the movie about an actual bomb blowing up. With this milestone, Barbie joins an esteemed list of films to hit the big B in ticket sales.
I went to see Barbie during its premiere weekend, and honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect. On its surface, it didn’t seem like my usual type of flick. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was an absolutely phenomenal piece of cinema that’s equal parts hilarious and thought-provoking to boot. Margot Robbie absolutely killed it as the titular character, but in my opinion, it was Ryan Gosling who stole the show with his sensational performance as Ken…well, one of the Kens at least. I remember walking out of the theatre and immediately telling my girlfriend “if this movie doesn’t destroy at the box office I will be absolutely shocked.” And destroy it did! Barbie currently stands as the 45th highest-grossing film in American cinematic history, but does it make my list of my all-time favorite billion-dollar blockbusters?
The full list of movies that hit $1 billion can be seen here. The list features many entries in popular franchises like Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which isn’t very surprising when you think about how universally beloved those IPs are. If anything that makes the inclusion of a standalone film like Barbie even more impressive. But ignoring the dollars and cents, I mainly took my own personal enjoyment into account when ranking my top 9 movies from the expansive list. It was easy to eliminate the ones I hadn’t seen (sorry, Despicable Me fans), along with movies I just can’t personally stand (not sorry, Transformers fans).
Do your favorite billion-dollar-earning movies make it into my top 9? Let’s find out! Here are the greatest movies to ever surpass a billion a the box office. Spoiler alert: you’re gonna see a lot of superheroes and Jedi.