As the Barbenheimer phenomenon continues, not many people are watching Christopher Nolan’s thriller as the new Barbie movie; and Tom Cruise’s latest flick finds the mission impossible to live up to the first weekend.
The Greta Gerwig – directed movie earned a 90% critic and audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as an ‘A’ score on CinemaScore, which polls audiences.
Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer scored a 94% critic and audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, with an ‘A’ on CinemaScore.
Following its remarkable performance on Thursday with the highest preview ticket sales of the year, Barbie continued to excel on Friday, amassing an additional $48.2 million from 4,243 theaters.
This culminated in a total of $70.5 million, making it the most impressive opening day of the year, surpassing Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, which had earned $51.8 million in June.
New figures for Barbie show the film earned $45M on 22nd June, a 36% drop from Friday/previews. According to box office analysts, the film is shaping up to a $150M opening at the box office.
If accurate, this would be the biggest box office opening of 2023. However, some believe it may outperform to earn $155M-160M over the course of the weekend.
Oppenheimer, shown in 3,610 venues, achieved a remarkable opening day, generating a total of $33 million, which comprises $10.5 million from Thursday previews.
It earned $25.8M on 22nd June, a 22% drop from Friday/previews. It is still tracking to earn an $80M opening, nearly half of Barbie‘s collection.
After just eight and a half days in theaters, Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One lost its IMAX screens to Oppenheimer.
Without the advantage of premium ticket prices, the sequel is expected to experience a significant 62% decline in its second weekend, with projected earnings of $21M.
It might lose third place to Angel Studios’ Sound of Freedom, which is going strong. The Tom Cruise-led film has amassed over $273M worldwide as of 22nd June.