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“Barbie” began its box office sprint on Thursday with a massive $22.3 million in preview grosses. That’s well above the $17-$21 million preshow grosses posted by “The Batman,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” and “Avatar: The Way of Water.”
The Warner Bros. Discovery release, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling and directed by Greta Gerwig, posted the biggest Thursday preview figure since “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” nabbed $28 million on its way to a $181 million domestic debut.