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Record-Shattering Second Weekend for ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ at US Box Office

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Second Weekend Box Office Performance

Key points:
Barbie is shattering box office predictions, amassing $29 million on Friday and is forecasted to hit $350 million by Sunday. It boasts one of the most remarkable second weekend performances ever and stands as Warner Bros’ finest film.
Oppenheimer is also scoring well, reaping $13 million on Friday, culminating in over $140 million domestically. It’s anticipated to net $46 million this weekend and amass over $170 million in the US and nearly $400 million globally.
Movies with hefty budgets like Haunted Mansion and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One are floundering at the box office, underachieving despite their exorbitant production costs. Haunted Mansion is projected to earn a mere $25 million on its debut weekend.

One week post the phenomenal “Barbenheimer” event that surpassed all expectations and set new box office records, audiences nationwide are turning up for a sequel that’s set to exceed predictions once more. While Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is again vying for the top position on the domestic box office leaderboard, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer seems to be drawing in repeat patrons as well.

Barbie garnered $29 million on Friday and is projected to cross the $350 million threshold by Sunday, following an approximated $95 million second weekend. This stands as one of the stellar second weekend performances in history and the pinnacle for Warner Bros. Conversely, Oppenheimer made $13 million on Friday, escalating its domestic total to over $140 million. The film is predicted to net $46 million this weekend, and it’s expected to round off with over $170 million in the US by Sunday, and close to $400 million globally. This marks the finest second weekend ever for an R-rated film, outperforming Deadpool 2. For clarity, Barbie was anticipated to generate between $65 million and $85 million this weekend, while Oppenheimer was set to secure a second weekend haul between $35 million and $45 million. This is a notch lower than what Nolan’s film was forecasted to amass in its opening weekend, but it surprisingly almost doubled the expectations, pulling in $82 million in its initial three-day release.

Yet, as impressive as the three-hour biographical drama has performed globally, Barbie’s performance has been truly exceptional. It was widely known it would be a hit, but few could have foreseen it surpassing $750 million worldwide by the end of its second weekend. At this pace, we could potentially have the year’s second billion-dollar blockbuster, following The Super Mario Bros. Movie. It’s advantageous that both Barbie and Oppenheimer were favorably received by audiences, as the “Barbenheimer” impact could have quickly faded if they’d been disappointments.

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Bloated Budget Movies Struggled This Year

Disney’s Haunted Mansion premiered in third place, after earning $9.9 million on Friday. Based on the famous theme park attraction and directed by Justin Simien, Haunted Mansion is turning out to be yet another high-budget prospective blockbuster that hasn’t resonated with audiences this year. The movie allegedly cost $150 million to produce, but is forecasted to earn only $25 million on its opening weekend. Earlier, films like The Flash, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny all underachieved at the box office, despite their colossal budgets.

Touching on films with vast budgets, Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One fell to fourth place, as it added $2.9 million on its third Friday. The film was hit by the “Barbenheimer” last weekend, a situation that the studio and leading star Tom Cruise must’ve anticipated. Yet this didn’t deter them from launching the $290 million action-adventure merely 10 days prior to the year’s biggest movie event. Dead Reckoning Part One will exceed $150 million domestically by Sunday, and it’s crossing the $400 million mark globally today. This is less than one third of what Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick raked in during its record-smashing theatrical run last year.

In other box office news, A24’s newest horror release, Talk to Me, collected $4.1 million on Friday, following a $1.2 million gross from Thursday previews. The highly praised film, helmed by the RackaRacka twins Danny Philippou and Michael Philippou, is expected to accumulate just under $10 million in its debut weekend. You can check out our interview with the cast and directors here, and keep an eye on FilmSweep for further updates.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Second Weekend Box Office Performance

How much did the movie ‘Barbie’ earn in its second weekend?

In its second weekend, ‘Barbie’ made $29 million on Friday, and was projected to pass the $350 million mark by Sunday.

How well did ‘Oppenheimer’ perform at the box office in its second weekend?

‘Oppenheimer’ made $13 million on Friday of its second weekend. It took its domestic total to over $140 million and was expected to gross $46 million over the weekend.

What is the expected total gross for ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’?

‘Barbie’ is expected to surpass $750 million worldwide by the end of its second weekend, while ‘Oppenheimer’ is anticipated to finish with over $170 million in the US and nearly $400 million globally.

How did high-budget movies like ‘Haunted Mansion’ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’ perform?

Both ‘Haunted Mansion’ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’ struggled at the box office, underperforming despite their high production costs. ‘Haunted Mansion’ is projected to make only $25 million in its opening weekend.

What is the “Barbenheimer” event?

The “Barbenheimer” event refers to the simultaneous release and success of the movies ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’. The term is a combination of both film names. The event set new box office records and surpassed everyone’s expectations.

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MovieBuff99 July 29, 2023 - 11:34 pm

Barbie n Oppenheimer rockin it! who woulda thought??

JohnDoe786 July 30, 2023 - 12:48 am

Barbie making more than MI – Dead Reckoning?! You kiddin me right?

SeriousCinephile July 30, 2023 - 3:11 am

Very impressed with Barbie’s performance… Gerwig’s directorial acumen is undeniable.

ScreenQueen July 30, 2023 - 3:26 am

haunted mansion…another big budget flop? smh, disney’s gotta step it up.

ThriftyThrills July 30, 2023 - 7:04 am

Can we take a moment to appreciate how these movies r making millions, while my wallet’s cryin after just one movie ticket? 😀

NolanFan101 July 30, 2023 - 10:05 am

christopher nolan does it again! oppenheimer = pure genius!!

PopcornLover July 30, 2023 - 3:36 pm

high time for a movie date. both Barbie and Oppenheimer r on my list!


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