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‘Barbie’ Blazes Past Projections at Domestic Box Office

Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated film ‘Barbie’ is making waves at the domestic box office, surpassing all expectations and setting new records. Combining the opening weekend figures with Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer,’ the box office is looking at a staggering total of over $230 million – making it one of the biggest clashes in recent years and a historical weekend for cinema.

‘Barbie,’ known for its accessible comedy, is leading the charge with an estimated $70 million on Friday alone, and it is predicted to generate over $155 million in its three-day debut. This achievement makes it the biggest opener of the year so far, surpassing the previous record-holder, ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie.’ Starring the talented Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken, the film has received rave reviews, with critics praising Gerwig’s direction that transforms the life of plastic into something truly fantastic. For Greta Gerwig, this momentous success marks her rise from the mumblecore movement to becoming one of the most significant living filmmakers. Additionally, ‘Barbie’ now holds the record for the biggest opening weekend haul for a solo female director, surpassing Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman’ in 2017. CinemaScore has also awarded the film an impressive A rating.

Playing in over 4,200 domestic theaters, ‘Barbie’ has a significant advantage over ‘Oppenheimer,’ which is shown in approximately 500 fewer theaters nationwide. Longer runtime for ‘Oppenheimer’ means it has fewer daily showings, affecting its overall box office performance. Nevertheless, Christopher Nolan’s film, starring Cillian Murphy as the renowned theoretical physicist, still managed an impressive $33 million on Friday, projected to reach a solid $77 million three-day debut. Although not reaching the heights of Nolan’s past blockbuster debuts, such as ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Oppenheimer’ is performing better than ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ and ‘Tenet,’ considering its unique release during the pandemic.

Notably, the top four and five spots at the box office are occupied by films with a combined budget of $600 million. ‘Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One’ retained its number one position, experiencing a moderate 54% drop in its second weekend, with a running domestic total of over $100 million after ten days. ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ secured the fifth spot, bringing its total domestic earnings to $154 million.

As the weekend progresses, all eyes are on the box office figures, which could potentially rewrite the record books for both ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer.’ Audiences are eagerly anticipating more exciting developments in the world of cinema, and Collider will keep readers updated with the latest box office updates.

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