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Breaking Box Office Records: 'Barbie' Nears $1.34 Billion and 'Oppenheimer' Surges Towards $800 Million

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In an extraordinary achievement within the entertainment realm, the cinematic landscape is buzzing with excitement as Greta Gerwig's "Barbie" approaches the prestigious title of Warner Bros.' highest-grossing global blockbuster. With an astonishing estimated worldwide revenue of $1.34 billion, the film is on the brink of surpassing the reigning record holder, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," by a mere $1 million, expected to occur on Monday.

Not to be outshone, Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" is carving its own path, surging beyond an impressive global cumulative of $777.2 million. The trajectory of the movie is firmly aimed at crossing the coveted $800 million threshold, building anticipation as it gears up for its highly anticipated premiere in China on August 30th.

"Oppenheimer" Dominates the Global Box Office


During the weekend, "Oppenheimer" emerged as a dominant force at the international box office, amassing a remarkable $29.1 million across 82 markets. This stellar performance included a strong debut in Italy and a noteworthy 31% drop in recurring earnings. The film's offshore cumulative total has now reached $477.2 million, even eclipsing Nolan's renowned masterpiece "The Dark Knight" in overseas markets.

Global Triumphs and Record-Breaking Markets

Italy emerged as a standout market, achieving a monumental $9.2 million launch, encompassing preview screenings. Similarly, Greece added to the film's triumphant journey, leaving its mark with an impressive debut of $862,000. Both nations have delivered Nolan his most triumphant openings to date.

The global appeal of "Oppenheimer" continues to soar, resulting in shattered records across various markets. In Spain, the film has secured its place as Nolan's highest-grossing movie to date, amassing a running total of $19.7 million. In Hungary, the movie stands as Universal's top-earning title, surpassing even the success of "Minions."

Comparisons and Milestones

Comparisons to Nolan's previous blockbusters are truly remarkable. "Oppenheimer" has outpaced the overseas performance of "Tenet," "Interstellar," "Dunkirk," "Inception," and even "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises" at the same junctures in their release timelines.

Highlighting Achievements

Notably, the Italian launch serves as a significant milestone, marking Nolan's most triumphant debut in the market, even excluding preview figures. Impressively, "Oppenheimer" commanded over 70% of the market share across 1,000 screens, including a robust presence in IMAX theaters.

Captivating Audiences: The Success of 'Barbie'

Meanwhile, "Barbie" continues to capture hearts and imaginations, amassing an astounding $745.5 million across 75 markets. With a mere 32% decline in international earnings, the film's global revenue now stands at an impressive $1.34 billion. Remarkably, countries including Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, the UK, Italy, and Australia have all contributed to the movie's remarkable performance, each maintaining strong holds.

Margot Robbie's Impact and International Acclaim

Margot Robbie's portrayal of the iconic doll has propelled "Barbie" to secure the position of Warner Bros.' third-highest-grossing international film, even surpassing the success of "Joker." This achievement spans 36 markets, where "Barbie" now reigns as the largest WB title ever. This accomplishment extends to the UK, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and Poland, establishing "Barbie" as a global sensation.

Continued Success and Impact

Simultaneously, "Meg 2: The Trench" remains a captivating force, earning $15.2 million across 77 international markets. With an existing international cumulative of $278.1 million, the film's global earnings have soared to an impressive $352.5 million.

Sony's "Gran Turismo: Based On a True Story" is also making its mark, generating an additional $11 million across 61 overseas markets. This surge brings the film's overseas cumulative to $36.5 million, with robust earnings in multiple regions.

As the summer season draws to a close, these box office triumphs serve as a reminder of the enduring allure of the silver screen. With "Barbie" and "Oppenheimer" continually breaking records, and other cinematic giants like "Meg 2" and "Blue Beetle" captivating audiences worldwide, the entertainment industry is witnessing an exhilarating conclusion to the summer blockbuster extravaganza.


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