The Barbenheimer fusion created box office gold.
Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Chris Nolan’s Oppenheimer brought moviegoers back to the theaters in record numbers this weekend. It wildly outperformed projections amid the backdrop of dual strikes.
According to the AP, Warner Bros.’ Barbie claimed the top spot with a massive $155 million in ticket sales from North American theaters from 4,243 locations, surpassing every Marvel movie this year as the biggest opening OTY and breaking the first weekend record for a film directed by a woman.
Universal’s Oppenheimer also soared past expectations, taking in $80.5 million from 3,610 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, marking Nolan’s biggest non-Batman debut.
It’s also the first time that one movie opened to more than $100 million and another movie opened to more than $80 million in the same weekend.
It will most likely turn out to be the fourth biggest box office weekend of all time with over $300 million industrywide.