The epic clash of our era commences. Barbie and Oppenheimer have both launched with astounding preview numbers on Thursday night, and the projected future for both is indeed highly encouraging. Greta Gerwig’s Barbie achieved an incredible $22.3 million, marking it as the best performance of Summer 2023 to date. This figure is markedly superior to the previews of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which garnered $17.5 million, and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse ($17.4 million).
Christopher Nolan’s masterwork, Oppenheimer, revolving around the theoretical physicist deemed the father of the atomic bomb, garnered an impressive $10.5 million in previews. Despite the film’s R-rating and a running time exceeding Barbie by more than an hour, it has launched with better numbers than Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.
Barbie — featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling — is anticipated to amass a minimum of $110 million this weekend in the domestic market, signifying a potential groundbreaking moment for a female-centric event picture. In contrast, Oppenheimer is anticipated to secure a $49 million opening, surpassing Universal’s own $40 million projection for the film. Moreover, Oppenheimer is likely to have a more extended run, owing to its mature themes and exclusive IMAX availability for the next fortnight due to an agreement with Nolan, which resulted in Dead Reckoning Part One being displaced from the IMAX format.
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Buzz Plays a Pivotal Role
Both films have also been launched to rave reviews. Barbie has currently attained an 89% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, and 81 on Metacritic, while Oppenheimer has achieved a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and 90 on Metacritic. A strong buzz is predicted to buoy both films, and the viral “Barbenheimer” has clearly made a significant impact, with an estimated 200,000 fans believed to have purchased tickets for same-day double features of the two movies.
These two films have also comfortably outperformed other big-name movies that premiered earlier this year in previews, such as John Wick: Chapter 4 ($8.9 million), Fast X ($7.7 million), and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny ($7.2 million). Both films appear set for decent profits, with Barbie budgeted at $145 million and Oppenheimer purportedly around $100 million — though there’s some ongoing dispute about this.
However, the ultimate winners will be the audiences who have been eagerly anticipating both films for months and have delightfully been rewarded with two exceptional, thought-provoking movies about completely different topics. So, grab your popcorn and enjoy both.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Box Office Previews
How much did the ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ movies make in previews?
The Barbie movie, directed by Greta Gerwig, opened to a significant $22.3 million in previews, making it the best performance of summer 2023 up to that point. Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer movie, on the other hand, made an impressive $10.5 million in previews.
Who are the lead actors in ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’?
Barbie stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. The lead actors in Oppenheimer have not been mentioned in the provided text.
What are the projected weekend earnings for ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’?
Barbie is projected to earn at least $110 million domestically during its opening weekend, whereas Oppenheimer is on track for a $49 million opening.
How did ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ perform compared to other big-name movies in previews?
Both Barbie and Oppenheimer outperformed other big-name films in previews. Barbie’s $22.3 million was notably higher than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ($17.5 million) and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse ($17.4 million). Oppenheimer’s $10.5 million exceeded the previews for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.
What are the critics’ reviews of ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’?
Barbie has received an 89% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes and an 81 on Metacritic. Oppenheimer, on the other hand, has scored 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and 90 on Metacritic.
What is the budget for ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’?
The budget for Barbie is reported to be $145 million, while Oppenheimer’s budget is said to be around $100 million. However, there has been some dispute about the latter figure.
More about Box Office Previews
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- Oppenheimer Preview Collections
- Comparison of Barbie and Oppenheimer with Other Films
- Projected Weekend Earnings for Barbie and Oppenheimer
- Reviews for Barbie and Oppenheimer
- Budget for Barbie and Oppenheimer
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