Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Monday Box Office: “Barbie” Slows Down a Little, Off 49% to JUST $15 Mil, Now What About a Sequel? Will Mattel Leave Money on the Table?


Mondays box office showed a little weariness in the “Barbie” world.

The plastic, fantastic phenom took in just $15 million, down 49% from Sunday and 43% from last Monday

Domestic total is now an eye popping $366 million US and $789 million worldwide. Don’t worry, the billion dollar make is coming soon.

No one could ever have foreseen this: “Barbie” bigger than Indiana Jones and Mission Impossible.

So what about a sequel? Director Greta Gerwig told the NY Times that she has no plans for one at the moment. But trust me, Mattel does. There will be a massive negotiation to get all the principals back together. The story writes itself since Barbie is now in the “real world.” Will she survive? Will Ken join her? Will the sequel be called “A Doll’s House”?

Mattel already has plans for 17 movies based on their toys. With “Barbie” eyeing $1 billion, there’s no way the company will leave that sequel money on the table. Just wait til Warner Bros. suggests adding Barbie and Ken to the DC Universe for a cross over!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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