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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ Soars at Global Box Office, Shattering Huge Records

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The biographical masterpiece ‘Oppenheimer’, directed by Christopher Nolan, is proving to be a roaring success at the international box office, exceeding the total earnings of ‘Batman Begins’ and raking in a whopping $400 million worldwide in just 10 days. The film was well-received by critics and recorded one of the strongest performances in its second weekend for an R-rated movie. ‘Oppenheimer’, depicting the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, is Nolan’s inaugural venture with Universal after splitting with Warner Bros.

Nolan’s magnum opus, ‘Oppenheimer’, is making waves in global box office collections, much like his previous superhero flicks. Over the weekend, it outdid the total worldwide collections of ‘Batman Begins’ and has now touched the $400 million mark globally, just 10 days post-release.

The film has amassed $174 million at the domestic box office and an additional $226 million internationally, totaling to a staggering $400 million worldwide. It is now ranked the 10th highest-grossing Hollywood film of the year, trailing behind ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ and ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’. The film added $46 million domestically in its second weekend, a record-breaking amount for an R-rated movie, and made $72 million from international markets over the same weekend.

Depicting the journey of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the film was made on a projected budget of $100 million and is Nolan’s first project with Universal following a lengthy, successful partnership with Warner Bros. The renowned filmmaker cut ties with Warner Bros. due to the studio’s contentious decision to release all of its 2021 titles simultaneously on their streaming service, Max. However, recent rumors indicate that Warner Bros. is keen to win Nolan back.

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Where Does ‘Oppenheimer’ Stand Among Nolan’s Other Successful Movies?

In contrast, Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ was exempted from this simultaneous release strategy in 2020, but it remains his least critically acclaimed and successful big-budget movie. ‘Tenet’ grossed just above $360 million globally, against a budget of $200 million. Nolan’s reputation as a powerful box office magnet has been well-established, consistently drawing crowds to cinemas with the allure of an unrivaled cinematic experience. He is a major advocate of the IMAX film format. Two of his films, ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, grossed over $1 billion at the global box office. Even his intellectually stimulating sci-fi epics ‘Inception’ and ‘Interstellar’ managed to earn around $800 million each worldwide, while his 2017 World War II thriller ‘Dunkirk’ concluded with over $500 million in worldwide collections.

‘Oppenheimer’, with a star-studded ensemble led by Cillian Murphy, undoubtedly profited from the “Barbenheimer” phenomenon, which saw two major blockbuster releases at the same time, the other being Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’. The satirical comedy crossed the $750 million mark this weekend and is set to become the second film of 2023 to gross more than $1 billion worldwide, following ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’. The highest-grossing territories for ‘Oppenheimer’ are the U.K., France, Germany, and India. Stay tuned to FilmSweep for more updates and you can also watch our exclusive interview with Nolan here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ Box Office Success

How much has Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ made at the global box office in 10 days?

‘Oppenheimer’ has raked in an impressive $400 million at the worldwide box office in just 10 days of its release.

Is ‘Oppenheimer’ Christopher Nolan’s first collaboration with Universal Studios?

Yes, ‘Oppenheimer’ marks Christopher Nolan’s first venture with Universal Studios after ending his successful partnership with Warner Bros.

How has ‘Oppenheimer’ performed in its second weekend at the domestic box office?

In its second weekend, ‘Oppenheimer’ added $46 million domestically, recording one of the best second-weekend hauls ever for an R-rated movie.

How did ‘Oppenheimer’ perform compared to Nolan’s ‘Batman Begins’?

‘Oppenheimer’ has outdone the total lifetime earnings of ‘Batman Begins’, surpassing it at the global box office.

What is the budget of ‘Oppenheimer’?

‘Oppenheimer’ was produced on a reported budget of $100 million.

Who are the leading actors in ‘Oppenheimer’?

‘Oppenheimer’ features a star-studded cast led by Cillian Murphy.

How does ‘Oppenheimer’ compare with Nolan’s other films in terms of box office collections?

‘Oppenheimer’ has performed remarkably well, surpassing the earnings of ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘Tenet’. However, it still trails behind some of Nolan’s other major hits such as ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, ‘Inception’, and ‘Interstellar’, all of which earned significantly more at the global box office.

Is Warner Bros. looking to work with Christopher Nolan again?

Yes, recent reports suggest that Warner Bros. is hoping to renew their partnership with Christopher Nolan, despite their previous split over differences in film release strategies.

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BoxOfficeProphet July 31, 2023 - 6:34 am

seems like Oppenheimer is doing better than Tenet, thats for sure… but still got a way to go before it can match Inception or the Dark Knight. interesting to see what happens.

HollywoodGazer July 31, 2023 - 7:04 am

Whoa… 400 mil in 10 days! and the second weekend was on fire! Nolan truly knows how to keep the audience hooked!

Rita_FilmFan July 31, 2023 - 12:11 pm

The cast must’ve played a big role too… cillian murphy is a gem! the “Barbenheimer” effect seems interesting. Looks like a good year for Hollywood.

ScienceAndCinema July 31, 2023 - 9:02 pm

so cool to see a movie about J. Robert Oppenheimer doing so well… not just your usual superhero flick, ya know? good job Nolan!

MovieBuff101 August 1, 2023 - 12:52 am

Oh man! nolans done it again with Oppenheimer!! Cant believe it outdid Batman Begins so quickly…the man’s a legend!

LostInReels August 1, 2023 - 4:05 am

Wondering how Nolan’s partnership with Universal is going to shape up in the future… this sure is a promising start! wb might be regretting letting him go ha.


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