“Barbie” movie breaks 2023 box office records with US$155 million in opening weekend


24th July 2023 – (Los Angeles) The highly anticipated “Barbie” movie, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie, has shattered box office records with an estimated $155 million in its opening weekend in the United States and Canada. The movie, which offers a modern take on the iconic doll that has been a favourite of children for over 60 years, has been received positively by critics and audiences alike.

The success of “Barbie” has been a much-needed boost for the film industry, which has struggled to rebound from the impact of the pandemic. Despite a large number of films being released this summer, ticket sales have been lower than last year. However, the strong opening of “Barbie” has given studios and theatres hope that audiences are ready to return to the big screen.

“Barbie” was not the only movie to make waves at the box office this weekend. Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” which tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the development of the atomic bomb, also had a strong showing, earning $80.5 million in domestic theaters. The movie, which stars Cillian Murphy, has been praised by critics and is expected to be a major contender in the upcoming Academy Awards race.

The success of both “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” is a welcome relief for the film industry, which has struggled to find its footing in the wake of the pandemic. The strong performance of these movies could signal a turnaround for the industry, which has been hit hard by the closure of theaters and the shift to streaming services.

As audiences return to theatres, studios and filmmakers are hoping to recapture the magic of the moviegoing experience. The success of “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” is a testament to the enduring appeal of the cinema, and a sign that audiences are still eager to be transported to new worlds and experience stories on the big screen.