Two blockbuster films heading to theaters at the same time was celebrated in light of movie sales struggling to reach pre-pandemic profits. So, now that the weekend has ended and fans have finally gotten a chance to see one (if not both) of the films, the box office report is rolling in.
According to the Hollywood Reporter,Barbie brought in $162 million domestically over the weekend against a $90 to $110 million estimate.
Make no mistake, Oppenheimer also turned it out. Christopher Nolan's film reportedly brought in $82.4 million domestically against a $50 million estimate.
However, such is the power of Barbie, that the film, which was directed by Greta Gerwig, also reportedly had the biggest weekend opening for a female-directed film...ever. According to the Associated Press, Barbie smashed the previous record, which was held by Anna Boden. She co-directed Captain Marvel, and her film opened to $153.4 million in 2019.