'Barbie' Slays Opening Weekend, Ignores Vitriol

Greta Gerwig’s film about the popular fashion doll smashed expectations, bringing in $155 million for its North American box office debut. Conservative and far-right pundits decried “Barbie,” claiming it promoted so-called anti-family values. But that did little to keep moviegoers away. The blockbuster starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling prevailed thanks to quality filmmaking, positive buzz, and fans embracing the film’s themes of empowerment.

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