The 'Barbie' movie's success puts her among history's top-20 films
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The "Barbie" movie is now one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. NPR crunched the numbers, and Neda Ulaby has the results.
NEDA ULABY, BYLINE: When the pink-clad audiences who've flocked to "Barbie" bought close to $1.3 billion worth of tickets, that put "Barbie" among the top 20 highest-grossing movies ever, not adjusted for inflation.
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "BARBIE")
AMERICA FERRERA: (As Gloria) Barbie in the real world. That's impossible.
ULABY: Nearly all of the other movies on that top 20 list are franchise-driven. They center the adventures of men, usually in combat.
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "AVATAR")
MATT GERALD: (As Corporal Lyle Wainfleet) All right, ladies. Let's bring the pain.
ULABY: Two "Avatar" movies lead the top 20 list at No. 1 and No. 3. "Avenger" movies represent four of the top 20. The highest-grossing list also includes two "Jurassic World" films and two "Star Wars" movies.
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI")
DAISY RIDLEY: (As Rey) I will finish what you started.
ULABY: At least "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" features a female character whose journey is central to the story. It's one of only three films in the top 20 that do so - the others, "Titanic" and "Frozen II." But when the movie "Barbie" entered the top 20, it knocked one of the only other female-centric movies out of the 20th position.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LET IT GO")
IDINA MENZEL: (As Elsa, singing) Let it go. Let it go. Can't hold it back anymore.
ULABY: Thanks to "Barbie," the animated princesses of the original "Frozen" have been demoted to No. 21.
Neda Ulaby, NPR News.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DANCE THE NIGHT")
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