The dynamic duo of “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” has proven to be an unstoppable force at the box office, surpassing all expectations and delivering a groundbreaking performance. This combined effort has propelled the film industry to experience its fourth biggest box office weekend ever, a feat not witnessed since the monumental release of “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019.
Astounding Box Office Numbers
Variety reports that “Barbie” earned a staggering $155 million domestically, while “Oppenheimer” followed closely with an impressive $80.5 million in domestic revenue. These numbers make “Barbie” the most significant debut of the year, outshining highly anticipated films such as “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” and “Mission: Impossible 7.”
Greta Gerwig, the director of “Barbie,” achieves a groundbreaking milestone, securing the title of the biggest opening for a movie directed by a woman in cinematic history. Previously held by “Captain Marvel,” co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, this achievement underscores the growing recognition of women filmmakers in the industry.
Global Success Story
On the global stage, “Barbie” reached an astonishing $337 million, while “Oppenheimer” raked in an impressive $174 million. Considering the budget for “Barbie” falls between $128-145 million and “Oppenheimer” at $100 million, both films have proven to be exceptional successes, solidifying their place among the year’s biggest hits.
The weekend’s triumph marks a historic milestone during the pandemic era, with only “Endgame,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” previously boasting higher opening totals. Notably, both “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” achieved this incredible feat as original films, with the latter even holding an R-rating and an extensive three-hour runtime.
“Barbenheimer” – A Cultural Phenomenon
The internet’s meme-machine had a field day, turning this box office weekend into a cultural event. The nickname “Barbenheimer” became synonymous with watching both movies in a thrilling double bill, drawing hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic moviegoers to the theaters.
The excitement is far from over, as both “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” continue to play in theaters, offering movie enthusiasts the chance to experience the record-breaking magic on the big screen. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable cinematic adventure!
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