Gerwig isn’t the first woman to direct a megahit. In 2017, Patty Jenkins directed Wonder Woman, which made more than $820 million at the box office. Two years later, director Anna Boden’s Captain Marvel broke the billion-dollar mark. But Boden worked on the film with a male co-director.
In addition to Gerwig, only 28 people in the history of Hollywood have directed a movie on their own that has earned $1 billion. They were all men. Many people hope Gerwig’s entry into the billion-dollar club leads to more opportunities for women in the movie industry.
Gerwig says she’s grateful for Barbie’s big-screen success.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine something like this,” she told reporters at The New York Times.