‘Barbie’, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, triumphed against Christopher Nolan’s R-rated historical thriller ‘Oppenheimer’, which starred Cillian Murphy.
According to numerous statistics, Barbie has overtaken Oppenheimer in more than 70 other countries. In important markets including Mexico ($22.3 million), Brazil ($15.9 million), Australia ($14.6 million), and China ($8.2 million), it had the biggest opening ever. The highest performance for the studio since the pandemic came from the U.K., which brought in $22.9 million.
Just behind Batman V Superman and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Barbie’s strong performance makes it the third-highest Friday for a Warner Bros. movie ever.
Oppenheimer, on the other hand, is aiming for a $165 million worldwide weekend, of which $88.9 million may come from international markets. Only The Dark Knight Rises ($131M) and The Dark Knight ($94M) had higher opening weekends than this one for Nolan.
The situation is reversed in India, where Oppenheimer has made 31 crores during the first two days, while Barbie has made 11.5 crores.
It is a pleasant surprise that an audience which thrives on a staple of comedy and family drama has given so much attention and admiration to a film which talks about science, history and politics.