Margot Robbie has revealed that some movie fans actually thought Barbie was going to be a horror movie.
The fantasy comedy, starring Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken and directed by Greta Gerwig, holds the record for the best opening weekend in terms of box office for a female director, surpassing Captain Marvel.
More history was subsequently made as Gerwig is the first solo female director ever to helm a movie that has grossed over $1bn. At the moment, Barbie is the second highest-grossing movie of the year behind Super Marios Bros., which grossed an astonishing $1.4bn.
While speaking to Elle, Robbie was asked about some of the best fan theories she had heard, and she responded:
"The weirdest fan theory I’ve heard about the movie so far is that it’s actually a horror film. And that’s what’s gonna take everyone by surprise. ‘Oh, you’re going to the Barbie movie? Psych. It’s scary and gory!’
"Someone said that to me, and I was like, ‘It’s not, please don’t spread that rumour.’ I don’t want horror fans to be disappointed."
To date, Barbie has earned $1.283bn at the box office, meaning it is catching up to Mario.
Robbie was one of the champions of the project from the get-go and got it off the ground via her production company. For starring and producing in Barbie, she is set to earn a cool $50m, according to Variety.
A Barbie universe is coming
The enormous success of the movie so far has, naturally, led to speculation as to what could come next. And, for the makers of the Barbie doll, Mattel, they want more sequels and spin-offs.
“Barbie, as a brand, has many different iterations," Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz told Variety.
"The product lines of Barbie is a very broad brand. In addition to the main Barbie figure, she has family, she has a lot of elements around in her universe. It’s a very rich universe… It’s a very broad and very elastic brand, in terms of opportunities.
“At the outset, we’re not saying, ‘Okay, let’s think already about movie two and three.’ Let’s get the first one right and make that a success. And if you do that, opportunities open up very quickly, once you establish the first movie as a successful representation of a franchise on the big screen.
“Successful movies lend themselves to more movies. Our ambition is to create film franchises.”