“Barbenheimer” dominates box office with $235 million opening weekend”


“Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” made a smashing debut at the North American box office, collectively earning an impressive $235.5 million during their opening weekend. These two highly anticipated films attracted a record number of cinemagoers, boosting Hollywood after a challenging start to the summer.

Directed by Greta Gerwig, “Barbie” stole the spotlight with $155 million in ticket sales, surpassing “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” as the biggest opening of 2023. Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” a biographical drama chronicling the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, performed exceptionally well, bringing in $80.5 million and exceeding expectations.

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The simultaneous release of “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” as “Barbenheimer” created a buzz on social media, and industry experts predict that the combined box office earnings could reach over $300 million, making it the fourth-largest opening of all time.

The unique concept of offering both movies on the same day as a double feature was a major draw for movie enthusiasts, resulting in hundreds of thousands of eager filmgoers experiencing both films together.

Critics and audiences alike appreciated the quality of both films, with “Barbie” receiving a 90 percent rating and “Oppenheimer” receiving an impressive 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Warner Bros.’ President of Domestic Distribution, Jeff Goldstein, expressed his enthusiasm about the success of “Barbenheimer,” hailing it as a significant achievement for the industry.

The triumph of “Barbenheimer” comes at a crucial time for Hollywood, which is grappling with one of its biggest strikes in decades. Additionally, June and July witnessed lackluster performances at the box office, with films like “The Flash” and “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” underperforming.

The overwhelming success of “Barbenheimer” left other movies in its shadow, with “Sound of Freedom” securing the third spot with $20.14 million in ticket sales. However, this action thriller sparked controversy due to its alleged promotion of QAnon conspiracy theories.

Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” and “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” secured the fourth and fifth positions, earning $19.5 million and $6.7 million, respectively.

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Michael O’Leary, CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, hailed the weekend as a “truly historic” moment for cinema, providing an extraordinary experience for movie lovers on the big screen.

The triumphant opening of “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” signifies a promising turnaround for Hollywood amid challenges faced by the industry. Audiences’ overwhelming response to “Barbenheimer” demonstrates the enduring power of films to captivate and engage audiences, bringing the magic of the big screen back to life.