Barbie broke the box office record of Christopher Nolan’s 2008 superhero blockbuster The dark knight.
Greta Gerwig’s comedy-drama film, an adaptation of the popular Mattel toy line, hit theaters last Friday (July 21). It premiered on the same day as Nolan’s latest film Oppenheimerthe two films under the name “Barbenheimer” experienced a joint advertising storm.
As reported by diversity, Barbie As of Monday (July 24), the film grossed $26 million (£20 million) at the US box office.
This number represents the highest Monday earnings ever for a film released by Warner Bros. The previous record holder was Nolan’s Batman sequel The dark knightwhich grossed $24.6 million (not adjusted for inflation).
Barbie has already proved to be a huge financial success for Warner Bros., grossing US$162m (£125m) in the US and a total of US$337m (£261m) worldwide in its opening weekend.
The character represents the biggest opening weekend of the year, outperforming children’s entertainment The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
OppenheimerThe film grossed less in its opening weekend – $80.5m (£62m) in the US and $174.2m (£135m) worldwide – but was still hailed as a success.
The film follows the life of nuclear scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), often referred to as the “father of the atomic bomb”.
Oppenheimer earned a near-perfect score on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes Barbie slightly lower score.
However, The Independent Critic Clarisse Loughrey admitted Barbie an enthusiastic five-star review, noting: “Barbie is one of the most imaginative, flawless and surprising mainstream films of recent times – a testament to what can be achieved even in the deepest depths of capitalism.
“It’s also time, a week after the creative forces behind these stories went on strike for their right to a living wage and the opportunity to work without the threat of being replaced by an AI. It is a pink manifesto of the power of irreplaceable creative work and imagination.”
The “Barbenheimer” phenomenon appears to have benefited both films at the box office Oppenheimer even some ticket sales could be achieved sold out Barbie demonstrations.
Both films topped Tom Cruise’s most recent blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.
In an interview this week, Barbie Director Greta Gerwig responded to criticism from some right-wing viewers about the film’s feminist content.
Barbie And Oppenheimer are in cinemas now.