Barbie, a comedy-drama movie directed by Greta Gerwig, broke a long-standing box office record that had been held by Christopher Nolan’s superhero hit The Dark Knight.
This is a very impressive feat. The movie based on the Mattel toy brand came out at the same time as Nolan’s Oppenheimer, and the two films have gotten so much attention that people have started calling them ‘Barbenheimer’.
Variety says that on Monday, July 24, Barbie made an amazing $26 million at the US box office, which was more than any Warner Bros. film had ever made on a Monday. The previous record was held by Nolan’s Batman movie The Dark Knight, which made $24.6 million at the box office (before inflation was taken into account).
The Independent says that Warner Bros. is enjoying Barbie’s huge financial success because it made a staggering $162 million in the US and a staggering $337 million around the world in its first weekend.
The movie had the biggest opening weekend of the year, doing better than even The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which was highly anticipated by kids.
Both films have been praised by reviewers for being unique and well-made. Oppenheimer was praised by critics for how it portrayed the famous scientist, but Barbie won over viewers with its creative story and high-quality production.
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There’s no doubt that the Barbenheimer effect has helped both films do well at the box office in a big way. When both of these highly expected movies came out at the same time, people came from all over to see them.
In fact, Oppenheimer made more money from ticket sales because of how popular Barbie was. Both pictures did better than the most recent Tom Cruise movie, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. This shows how influential and popular Barbenheimer was.