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Barbie tops Oppenheimer with fantastic opening

Barbie and Oppenheimer both opened to huge numbers in previews Thursday night, and midway through Friday.

It looks as if both are heading for genuinely staggering numbers which may see the busiest weekend of the post-pandemic era.

Barbie, from Greta Gerwig and Warner Bros. Discovery looks set to hit between $68 million and $70 million today — including last night’s preview take of $22.3 million — which would put it on course for a projected opening weekend of $150 million at 4,243 theaters.

Some box office experts are projecting the movie might reach as high as $170 million.

Either way that would be enough to beat the opening weekend of this year’s biggest hit so far, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which opened to $146.3 million.

And that’s not to say, Oppenheimer, the weighty, dark, brooding three-hour biopic of the scientist who created the atomic bomb, is fading into the shadows.

Far from it, including yesterday’s preview takings of $10.5 million in previews, it’s aiming for a $32 million opening day and a projected three-day weekend of $75 million from 3,610 theaters.

It’s also important to remember that the film is playing on fewer screens than Barbie, with fewer screenings due to its runtime.

The film is also expected to have a smaller drop over the next few weeks due to the more mature themes and older-skewing audiences compared to Barbie, which is expected to be frontloaded as most female-skewing films tend to be.

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports |


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