“The Barbie and Oppeheimer excitement has resulted in one of the most lucrative box office openings of all time.”
“Barbie on track to earn biggest ever box office opening for non-superhero film”
“Two highly-anticipated films, Barbie and Oppenheimer, opened on July 21, and they are both expected to achieve remarkable success at the global box office, potentially surpassing the $400 million (£311 million) mark, a rarity reserved for cinematic events.”
Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig and featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, has taken the lead in box office earnings. It is estimated to collect around $300 million (£233 million) internationally, making it the most successful opening for an original non-superhero film in history. This achievement is a significant triumph for Warner Bros, with only 2019’s Avengers: Endgame ahead of Barbie in terms of opening weekend earnings.
Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan’s three-hour epic centered around the man who designed the atomic bomb, secured the second position in box office earnings but is still considered a major success. Surpassing the opening weekend earnings of many franchise films, it even outperformed Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny during its opening weekend the previous month. The movie is projected to have earned approximately $100 million (£77.7 million) so far.
Oppenheimer is the third-highest opening for Christopher Nolan, trailing only behind The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Moreover, it has garnered critical acclaim, sharing the top spot on Rotten Tomatoes with The Dark Knight, both holding a 94 percent approval rating.
Notably, Christopher Nolan’s films tend to have long-lasting popularity in theaters, as evidenced by the box office success of Interstellar and Dunkirk, both of which significantly increased their earnings after their opening weekends.
Both Barbie and Oppenheimer have exceeded expectations and are on track to become two of the year’s biggest hits. Barbie, in particular, is poised to become the highest-grossing film of 2023, potentially overtaking The Super Mario Bros Movie, an animated film.