Barbie and Oppenheimer released over the past weekend to record-breaking box office numbers. Both movies were the subject of a meme called ‘Barbenheimer’ due to releasing on the same day, leading many to purchase double tickets to see both – usually in the span of one day. According to the worldwide box office intake, both were notable successes and marked the fourth largest opening weekend in cinema history.
As reported by Twitter account DiscussingFilm, Barbie managed to earn an impressive $337 million during its worldwide opening weekend on a budget of $145 million. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer secured a record-breaking opening for an R-rated movie in history, bringing in $175 million during its worldwide opening weekend on a budget of $100 million and surpassing the likes of Deadpool and its sequel, which were the previous highest-earning R-rated movies on opening weekend.
Barbie is directed by Lady Bird‘s Greta Gerwig and stars Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferell, Simu Liu and more. It follows the story of Barbie and Ken who venture beyond BarbieLand after Barbie has a crisis that causes her to question her world and her existence. As of writing, Barbie has received critical acclaim with a 90% approval rating on the aggregate website, Rotten Tomatoes.
Oppenheimer is directed by Inception and The Dark Knight‘s Christopher Nolan and stars Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Rami Malek and more. It’s based on the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist who led the Manhattan Project during WWII that created the first atomic bombs in history. The movie currently holds a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with talks of it being a front-runner at the Oscars this year.
Both Barbie and Oppenheimer are currently avaiable to watch in cinemas worldwide.