The ‘Barbie’ bonanza continues at the box office, ‘Oppenheimer’ holds the No. 2 spot (2024)

NEW YORK (AP) - A week later, the “Barbenheimer” boom has not abated.

Seven days after Greta Gerwig's “Barbie” and Christopher Nolan's “Oppenheimer” conspired to set box office records, the two films held unusually strongly in theaters. “Barbie” took in a massive $93 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Oppenheimer” stayed in second with a robust $46.2 million. Sales for the two movies dipped 43% and 44%, respectably - well shy of the usual week-two drops.

“Barbenheimer” has proven to be not a one-weekend phenomenon but an ongoing box-office bonanza. The two movies combined have already surpassed $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for data firm Comscore, call it “a touchstone moment for movies, moviegoers and movie theaters.”

“Having two movies from rival studios linked in this way and both boosting each other's fortunes - both box-office wise and it terms of their profile - I don't know if there's a comp for this in the annals of box-office history,” said Dergarabedian. “There's really no comparison for this.”

Following its year-best $162 million opening, the pink-infused pop sensation of “Barbie” saw remarkably sustained business through the week and into the weekend. The film outpaced Nolan's “The Dark Knight” to have the best first 11 days in theaters of any Warner Bros. release ever.

“Barbie” has rapidly accumulated $351.4 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, a rate that will soon make it the biggest box-office hit of the summer. Every day it's played, “Barbie” has made at least $20 million.

And the “Barbie” effect isn't just in North America. The film made $122.2 million internationally over the weekend. Its global tally has reached $775 million. It's the kind of business that astounds even veteran studio executives.

“That's a crazy number,” said Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros. “There's just a built-in audience that wants to be part of the zeitgeist of the moment. Wherever you go, people are wearing pink. Pink is taking over the world.”

Amid the frenzy, “Barbie” is already attracting a lot of repeat moviegoers. Goldstein estimates that 12% of sales are people going back with friends or family to see it again.

For a movie industry that has been trying to regain its pre-pandemic footing - and that now finds itself largely shuttered due to actors and screenwriters strikes - the sensations of “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” have showed what's possible when everything lines up just right.

“Post-pandemic, there's no ceiling and there's no floor,” Goldstein said. “The movies that miss really miss big time, and the movies that work really work big time.”

Universal Pictures' “Oppenheimer,” meanwhile, is performing more like a superhero movie than a three-hour film about scientists talking.

Nolan's drama starring Cillian Murphy as atomic bomb physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer has accrued $174.1 million domestically thus far. With an additional $72.4 million in international cinemas, “Oppenheimer” has already surpassed $400 million globally.

Showings in IMAX have typically been sold out. “Oppenheimer” has made $80 million worldwide on IMAX. The large-format exhibitor said Sunday that it will extend the film's run through Aug. 13.

The week's top new release, Walt Disney Co.'s “Haunted Mansion,” an adaptation of the Disney theme park attraction, was easily overshadowed by the “Barbenheimer” blitz. The film, which cost about $150 million, debuted with $24 million domestically and $9 million in overseas sales. “Haunted Mansion,” directed by Justin Simien (“Dear White People,” “Bad Hair”) and starring an ensemble of LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito and Rosario Dawson, struggled to overcome mediocre reviews.

“Talk to Me,” the A24 supernatural horror film, fared better. It debuted with $10 million. The film, directed by Australian filmmakers Danny and Michael Philippou and starring Sophie Wilde, was a midnight premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and received terrific reviews from critics (95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes). It was made for a modest $4.5 million.

While theaters being flush with moviegoers has been a huge boon to the film industry, it's been tougher sledding for Tom Cruise, the so-called savior of the movies last summer with “Top Gun: Maverick.” “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part I,” which debuted the week before the arrival of “Barbenheimer,” grossed $10.7 million in its third weekend. The film starring Cruise and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, has grossed $139.2 million domestically and $309.3 million oveseas.

Instead, the sleeper hit “Sound of Freedom” has been the best performing non-“Barbenheimer” release in theaters. The Angel Studios' release, which is counting crowdfunding pay-it-forward sales in its box office totals, made $12.4 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its haul thus far to nearly $150 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Barbie,” $93 million.

2. “Opppenheimer,” $46.2 million.

3. “Haunted Mansion,” $24.2 million.

4. “Sound of Freedom,” $12.4 million.

5. “Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One,” $10.7 million.

6. “Talk to Me,” $10 million.

7. “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” $4 million.

8. “Elemental,” $3.4 million.

9. “Insidious: The Red Door,” $3.2 million.

10. “Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani,” $1.6 million.

The ‘Barbie’ bonanza continues at the box office, ‘Oppenheimer’ holds the No. 2 spot (2024)


Which movie was hit, Barbie or Oppenheimer? ›

Both films exceeded box-office expectations. Barbie became the highest-grossing domestic release in Warner Bros. history, surpassing Nolan's The Dark Knight. In the United States and Canada, Barbie grossed $22.3 million in Thursday night previews, while Oppenheimer grossed $10.5 million.

How much will Oppenheimer make at the box office? ›

Barbie and Oppenheimer became the first and third highest-grossing movies in the world in 2023. Oppenheimer earned more than $957 million at the box office, and once theaters took their roughly 50% cut (the number could be as low as 20% on opening weekend, but goes up over time), Nolan was set up for a massive payday.

Will Oppenheimer pass $1 billion? ›

It might not get the credit for passing a billion at the box office, but in precipitating nearly $50m in extra revenue through re-releases, it has a claim to be the third, and final, billion-dollar film of 2023.

What is the box office prediction for the Barbie movie? ›

Margot Robbie accurately predicted that “Barbie” would end up grossing $1 billion at the box office. This Barbie can see into the future.

Why did Barbie beat Oppenheimer? ›

Oppenheimer's R rating limited its audience, as it dealt with mature themes. Barbie's shorter runtime allowed for more showings and better box office performance. The film's summer blockbuster aesthetic and extensive marketing added to its overall appeal.

What is Barbie vs Oppenheimer meme? ›

While Barbie is about the iconic doll, Oppenheimer is a biographical thriller about the invention of the atomic bomb. Fans have taken to the internet to make 'ticket to Barbie' versus 'ticket to Oppenheimer' memes of who they think would be getting a ticket for each show.

How many Oscars did Oppenheimer win? ›

Nominated for 13 awards, Oppenheimer won seven, including Best Picture, Best Director for Christopher Nolan, Best Actor for Cillian Murphy, and Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr.

What's more popular, Barbie or Oppenheimer? ›

Barbie held the number 1 spot for four weekends, while Oppenheimer became the most successful movie, never to be number 1 at the box office.

How much profit did Barbie make? ›

Worldwide box office revenue of "Barbie" 2024, by region

As of Macrh 5, 2024, Greta Gerwig's very pink fantasy-comedy "Barbie" (2023) has collected more than 636 million U.S. dollars at the North American box office, garnering a total of 1.45 billion U.S. dollars worldwide.

What WTF is Oppenheimer about? ›

Oppenheimer is a 2023 epic biographical thriller drama film written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan. It follows the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American theoretical physicist who helped develop the first nuclear weapons during World War II.

How much did Robert Downey Jr. make from Oppenheimer? ›

Oppenheimer. His earnings were far more than his co-stars like Robert Downey Jr. , Emily Blunt, and Matt Damon, who each received $4 million for their respective roles.

Will Oppenheimer beat the Joker? ›

Analysts predict that if "Oppenheimer" continues to have the success it's having, it could very well beat "Joker", and become the most successful R-rated film of all time.

What is the #1 Barbie movie? ›

Barbie in the Nutcracker

Will Barbie do 1 billion? ›

“Barbie” is hitting the coveted milestone after just 17 days of release, becoming the fastest Warner Bros. release (and eighth in the studio's 100-year history) to join the $1 billion club. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” previously held that record at 19 days.

How much did Oppenheimer make on First Night? ›

What once seemed like a contentious collision course now seems to have proven nothing but fruitful. “Barbie” may be winning the weekend, but “Oppenheimer” is still impressing. Playing in 3,610 locations, the sweeping biopic earned $33 million on its opening day, which includes $10.5 million in Thursday previews.

Is Oppenheimer more popular than Barbie? ›

Barbie held the number 1 spot for four weekends, while Oppenheimer became the most successful movie, never to be number 1 at the box office.

Did Barbie beat Oppenheimer in Golden Globes? ›

“Barbie” may have won the box office battle, but “Oppenheimer” won the awards. The Golden Globes Awards cemented Christopher Nolan's historical drama as the Oscar frontrunner and made other contenders re-group and re-think their campaign strategies.

How much did Barbie and Oppenheimer make together? ›

With a combined take of $244.5 million domestically and nearly $537 million total worldwide, Barbenheimer has officially broken several box-office records.

How many people saw both Barbie and Oppenheimer? ›

Maybe there's something to be gleaned from the double feature mania: More than 200,000 people purchased tickets to see Barbie and Oppenheimer on the same day, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners. But this particular phenomenon may not be replicable. Here's what we learned this weekend.

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