Despite Slow China Start, ‘Barbie’ Sets a Benchmark — For Dating

Since its release last Friday, “Barbie” has grossed around $7 million, far behind domestically produced titles.

Despite a lukewarm box office response in China since its release last Friday, the much-awaited “Barbie,” starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, trended on social media over the weekend, with audiences now using it to gauge who qualifies as a suitable boyfriend.

According to one review, Barbie (Robbie) must travel to the human world to discover herself and true purpose. Her boyfriend, Ken (Gosling), goes along for the ride since his own existence depends on Barbie acknowledging him. The film, which reverses gender roles by making women dominate Barbieland, has sparked particularly hostile reactions from male viewers in China.

Social media platforms were flooded with posts about men walking out midway through the film in disbelief, vocally expressing their frustration, and even engaging in heated disagreements with their partners over the movie’s themes. Continue to read the full article here

This article originally appeared on Sixth Tone