While Hollywood studios and the WGA and SAG-AFTRA are deadlocked in labor talks — broadcasting remains a major bone of contention — the theatrical side of the business exploded, with Barbenheimer together earning more than 511 million dollars world, 235.5 million dollars of what is native. Never before in Hollywood movie history have two films opened to $100 million+ (Barbie) and $50 million (Oppenheimer) at the domestic box office.
As of Sunday, Warner Bros.’ Barbie has a domestic opening of $155 million, with $182 million overseas, while Universal’s Oppenheimer earned $80.5 million domestically and another $93.7 million overseas.
Comscore this AM says this weekend’s domestic total grossed $301.6 million, making it just the fourth time in the industry that the domestic all-picture gross has topped $300 million. It is the biggest opening since December 17, 2021, when Spider-Man: No Way Home led all pictures ($281.8 million), and the biggest since before the pandemic was April 26, 2019, when Avengers: Endgame led all titles to a record weekend total of $357 million.
Below is a list of the records both pictures broke this weekend:
–Biggest domestic opening of 2023 to date, getting better Super Mario Bros.$146.4 3-day weekend.
– Warner Bros. biggest advance sales ever with $49.5 million
– 2023 YTD biggest pre-shows with $17.5M each made by Ant-Man & the Wasp, Quantum of SolaceAND Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
-Biggest Earning Day of 2023 YTD, $70.8M, more The movie Super Mario Brosit is 54.8 million dollars.
– Biggest opening for a female-directed film in the country, surpassing Captain Marvelit is 153.4 million dollars.
– Second biggest opening for a film by a female director, second only Captain MarvelIts global debut of $456.6 million (not adjusted for currency fluctuations and inflation).
– Biggest non-sequel, non-remake movie released in July, beating The Secret Life of Pets$104.4 million starts in 2016.
– Biggest domestic opening for Greta Gerwig as a director (Before: The Little Woman – 16.8 million dollars)
– Margot Robbie’s Biggest Domestic Opening (Before: Suicide Squad – 133.7 million dollars)
– Ryan Gosling’s Biggest Inside Out (Before: Blade Runner 2049 -$32.8 million)
– Abroad, Barbie is the biggest release for Gerwig, Gosling and Robbie.
– The biggest opening weekend for a movie based on a toy (Before: Transformers: Dark of the Moon – 115.9 million dollars)
– Largest opening of non-continuity/non-DC BB (Before: IT – 123.4 million dollars)
–Barbie has already surpassed the lifetime earnings of many other female-led films, including Ocean 8 ($297.7 million)Bird of prey ($205.3 million) and Little Women ($218.8 million).
– Christopher Nolan’s third highest-grossing opening weekend ever, both globally and domestically, behind Erresire’s knight rises ($249 million, $161 million) and The Dark Knight ($198 million, $158 million).
– The biggest global opening weekend of days and dates ever for a biopic, extraordinary Bohemian Rhapsody ($124 million). Domestically, it’s the third-biggest opening for an upcoming biopic American sniper ($89.2 million) and The sufferings of Christ ($83.8 million).
– The biggest global opening for a drama since 2019, ahead Creed III ($100.2 million).
– Highest-grossing opening weekend for an R-rated film YTD, beating John Wick: Chapter 4 ($73.8 million).
– The biggest Imax opening for a Christopher Nolan film and the biggest Imax opening for a Universal title in the US and Canada, and the biggest for July overall and 2023 YTD with $21.1M.
– The third biggest international BO opening for a Nolan film behind the likes The Knight of Erresire rises ($131 million) and The Dark Knight ($94.2 million). Imax has earned an international total of $13.9 million from just 329 screens, making it Nolan’s biggest overseas Imax opening in July and the biggest Imax weekend in Mexico, India, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, New Zealand and the Czech Republic.
– Nolan’s biggest non-superhero opening weekend in 55 markets, including UK & Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Spain and Brazil.
– Biggest opening day for a Nolan film in 33 markets, including Saudi Arabia, UAE India, Netherlands, Argentina and Belgium.