Almost two months since its release and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer still manages to break box office records.
The award-winning director’s latest box office hit, starring Cillian Murphy as the father of the atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer, has officially grossed more than $912m (£712.4m) worldwide, according to figures Box office mojo.
This surpasses Bryan Singer’s 2018 Freddy Mercury film. Bohemian Rhapsody, to become the highest-grossing biopic of all time at the global box office. Rami Malek played the late Queen frontman in the film, which grossed $910 million (£710 million) worldwide.
Oppenheimerwhich came at the same time as Greta Gerwig’s cinema premiere Barbie in July benefited from the viral “Barbenheimer” trend, which gave fans a double feature of both films.
Gerwig’s heartwarming comedy about the popular Mattel doll, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, has now grossed a whopping $1.3 billion (£1.05 billion) worldwide. This makes the 40-year-old Gerwig the first female director ever to gross over $1 billion.
When Nolan’s drama surpassed $550m (£433.4m) in the global office in early August, it became the highest-grossing World War II film of all time.
The film currently has a 93 percent rating on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Oppenheimer was hailed by as “clever, resourceful and Nolan at his best.” The Independent‘s Clarisse Loughrey in her four-star review.
Bohemian Rhapsodywhich earned 42-year-old Malek the Oscar for Best Actor, also won the 2019 Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
Oppenheimer will face stiff competition from Yorghos Lanthimos at next year’s 94th Academy Awards Poor things Now it’s the frontrunner for Best Picture.
The sci-fi romance starring Emma Stone won the top prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The Golden Lion is considered a symbol of what will lead to trophies in the upcoming awards season.
Upcoming films that will also be in the running include Martin Scorsese’s new film Flower Moon Killer, maestroBradley Cooper’s film about the composer Leonard Bersntein and Alexander Payne film The leftovers.