“Barbenheimer” continues to reign supreme at the domestic box office, with both Barbie and Oppenheimer raking in robust weekday earnings in excess of $20 million and $10 million respectively.
Just one week after their debut, Barbie has raked in nearly $260 million domestically, while Oppenheimer is close behind with a tally just shy of $130 million.
The joint global earnings of the two films from their opening weekend soared past $500 million, revitalizing the film industry and affirming the appeal and quality of these movies.
The domestic box office is bracing for another exciting weekend as the “Barbenheimer” phenomenon enters its second round. After shattering records last weekend, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer are set for an impressive second weekend, as both movies have consistently raked in over $20 million and $10 million on weekdays, respectively. This trend persisted into Thursday, with Barbie bringing in $21 million and Oppenheimer adding another $10 million to its domestic total.
After its first week in theaters, Gerwig’s satirical comedy featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling has raked in nearly $260 million domestically, while Nolan’s grand biographical drama is not far behind with a tally just shy of $130 million. Barbie is expected to generate between $65 million and $85 million in its second weekend, while Oppenheimer is aiming for a second weekend tally between $35 million and $45 million. By Sunday, Barbie is projected to have easily surpassed the $300 million mark domestically, while Oppenheimer is expected to surpass $160 million.
The two movies collectively brought in over $500 million on their global debut weekend, reinvigorating the cinema industry and marking one of the biggest film events in recent history. The “Barbenheimer” trend, which started as a social media meme highlighting the contrasting characteristics of both movies, ended up being a significant moneymaker for Warner Bros. and Universal. It’s likely that the quality of both films played a role, as Sony experienced a flop last year when it re-released Morbius in theaters due to “demand,” only for it to tank once more.
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Barbie shattered records with a staggering $162 million in its domestic opening weekend, marking the largest debut of 2023, and a record debut for a female director. Oppenheimer also exceeded projections, generating $82 million on its debut weekend, reinforcing Nolan’s reputation as one of the few directors who can draw crowds to theaters based solely on their name.
Both films are expected to face minimal competition this weekend from Disney’s horror-comedy Haunted Mansion, inspired by the renowned theme park attraction. The film premiered for selected screenings on Wednesday and official previews on Thursday, where it made $3 million. Directed by Justin Simien, Haunted Mansion is projected to make between $25 million and $30 million, a low figure for a film that cost over $150 million to produce. The star-studded cast includes LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Dan Levy, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jared Leto. Meanwhile, this week’s horror debut Talk to Me is expecting an opening between $4 million and $5 million, after earning $1.2 million on Thursday. Stay tuned to FilmSweep for more box office updates throughout the weekend.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Barbenheimer Box Office Success
How are Barbie and Oppenheimer performing at the box office?
Both Barbie and Oppenheimer are dominating the domestic box office. After just a week, Barbie has earned nearly $260 million, and Oppenheimer has collected just under $130 million. The movies have continued to rake in over $20 million and $10 million, respectively, on weekdays.
What are the projected earnings for the second weekend?
Barbie is on track to generate between $65 million and $85 million in its second weekend, while Oppenheimer is aiming for a second weekend haul of between $35 million and $45 million.
What were the global earnings for the opening weekend of both movies?
Both films grossed a combined total of over $500 million on their opening weekend worldwide, revitalizing the film industry and marking one of the largest movie events in recent memory.
How much competition are the movies expected to face from Haunted Mansion?
The films are expected to face minimal competition from Disney’s Haunted Mansion, a horror-comedy movie. Haunted Mansion is projected to earn between $25 million and $30 million on its debut weekend.
What are the names of the directors of Barbie and Oppenheimer?
Barbie was directed by Greta Gerwig and Oppenheimer was directed by Christopher Nolan. Both films have been extremely successful, reinforcing the reputation of their directors.