Barbie vs. Oppenheimer: Both films exceed expectations and are box office leaders

The Barbie cast are coloring the London Eye pink to celebrate the film’s premiere

Cinemas around the world are busier than ever thanks to the arrival of two films that have quickly become blockbusters.

Excitement at Greta Gerwig Barbie and Christopher Nolans Oppenheimer was in overdrive ahead of their simultaneous release, which is finally here.

While OppenheimerThe critical reviews are over Barbie The latter, which stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, is now expected to double the grossing of the Cillian Murphy biopic with a near-perfect Rotten Tomato score.

However, both releases far exceeded their expectations, which perhaps proves that audiences are fed up with sequels and superhero movies.

Barbie The film was estimated to gross $110 million at the US box office in its opening weekend OppenheimerThe grand total was estimated at around $50 million. Impressively, Barbie is now on track to rake in $150 million, while Nolan’s drama is set to gross $75 million.

speaking in a new interview with The Independentdescribed Nolan Oppenheimer as “the greatest film I’ve ever made”. Meanwhile, Murphy admitted he had difficulty watching the film because his face was projected onto the screen, but acknowledged the film was “designed to be seen with an audience.”

OppenheimerHowever, the London premiere was cut short due to the cast leaving early in preparation for the SAG-AFTRA strike order issued hours after the event.


Christopher Nolan Says Oppenheimer Is ‘The Greatest Movie I’ve Ever Made’

The Independent sat down with Nolan and Cillan Murphy to discuss it Oppenheimer.

Read the full interview here.

Jacob StolworthyJuly 22, 2023 8:40 am


Was Oppenheimer really the “father” of the atomic bomb?

“It is always too easy to fall for the great man—or woman—of history,” writes Guy Walters in a lengthy read for The Independent.

“But the problem with the great man’s theory is that it seldom holds water, and nowhere is it more leaky than with Oppenheimer.

“By considering him the ‘father of the atomic bomb,’ one ignores not only that the Manhattan project was the result of historically unprecedented teamwork, but also the others who equally deserve nuclear father status.”

Tom MurrayJuly 22, 2023 08:13


Margot Robbie says she faked her own death because she hated her babysitter

Appearing on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 program on Thursday (July 20), Robbie, 33, recalled once pretending to be dead as part of an elaborate prank she pulled on her adult babysitter.

“We have a new babysitter,” he said Wolf of Wall Street Star remembered. “I wanted my old babysitter Talia back who was about 16 and I thought she was so cool. And then we brought in this much older lady and I just wasn’t happy about it.”

Robbie said she then hatched a plan to fake her own death and went to extreme lengths to convince her new babysitter it was real.

Tom MurrayJuly 22, 2023 07:15


Are Christopher Nolan’s films right-wing?

My colleague Louis Chilton explores this question in his commentary The Independent.

The 52-year-old filmmaker’s work has long sparked speculation about his political views from perceived pro-conservatives Dark Knight to the anti-war messages of principle. Do his nuclear biopic Oppenheimer do you have any answers

Tom MurrayJuly 22, 2023 6:16 am


The True Story Behind “The Father Of The Atomic Bomb”

Oppenheimer based in part on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2005 biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy by J. Robert Oppenheimer written by Kai Bird and Martin J Sherwin over a period of 25 years.

“Celebrated as the ‘father of the atomic bomb’ in 1945, nine years later he became the most prominent victim of the McCarthy-era maelstrom,” Bird wrote in a recent op-ed for The New York Times.

The film is the first to properly delve into the scientist and his legacy, which was tarnished by a controversial 1954 hearing that led to his security clearance being revoked.

Read the true story behind J. Robert Oppenheimer here:

Tom MurrayJuly 22, 2023 5:17 am


Barbie maker accused of “stealth marketing” in schools

Mattel has drawn criticism for “stealth marketing” to children after a new program gave away free Barbie dolls in schools, a move health experts say reinforces harmful gender stereotypes.

The toymaker launched the Barbie School of Friendship program earlier this year, giving an estimated 150,000 students in 700 schools across the UK free Barbie dolls to teach social skills.

However, an investigative article published in the states: British Medical Journal On July 20, many experts questioned the program’s potential negative impact on gender stereotypes, as well as allowing companies to freely market their products in schools.

Tom MurrayJuly 22, 2023 4:17 am


America Ferrera points to ‘revolutionary’ details in Barbie Dreamhouse

In a new interview for the Harper’s Bazaar UK summer edition, Barbie Star America Ferrera, 39, spoke about Barbie’s progressive but “inelegant” history since its inception in 1959.

Ferrera said that growing up she “was never a Barbie girl,” but there were “revolutionary” moments in Barbie’s story when Mattel made subversive statements about femininity.

Ferrera pointed out that there was no kitchen in the first Barbie dream house, which freed the doll from expectations of domesticity.

Tom MurrayJuly 22, 2023 3:18 am


Voices: The real reason for the backlash against the Barbie movie

“In the days leading up to the release of the Greta Gerwig-directed Barbie film, the film has endured various attacks from far-right figures whose problem with the film is that they supposedly have a ‘bright’ and ‘feminist’ agenda,” writes Nylah Burton The Independent.

“Nobody has to like that Barbie film and I’m sure there will be intelligent criticism of the message and the quality of the film. However, not only is it ridiculous to attack because it addresses “no conception of the family’s beliefs,” it is also untrue.”

Tom MurrayJuly 22, 2023 2:19 am


Will Oppenheimer be released in Japan?

For obvious reasons, some fans are wondering if Oppenheimer will be released in cinemas in Japan.

The Independent is aware that plans for the film’s release are not yet finalized in all markets. Japan also tends to release later than other markets Barbie appears there on August 11th.

Tom MurrayJuly 22, 2023 1:22 am


Greta Gerwig is on track to break the record for largest domestic premiere by a female director

Barbie is reportedly on track to make over $150 million in its opening weekend. If he pulls off this feat, Gerwig will break the record for the largest domestic premiere by a female director in Hollywood history.


Tom MurrayJuly 21, 2023 23:58

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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