Barbie and Oppenheimer have set the box office on fire this summer with $150 and $77 million.

This summer, Warner Bros.’ “Barbie” and Universal’s “Oppenheimer” have lit the box office on fire, offering a much-needed lift for both theatres and studios. This weekend’s earnings are expected to be the greatest since the March 2019 release of “Avengers: Endgame.”

“Barbie” leads the way with a whopping $70 million opening day, and it’s predicted to gross at least $150 million throughout the weekend. This makes it the year’s highest-grossing Friday-Sunday weekend. Even before factoring for inflation, the picture has already claimed a position on Warner Bros.’ all-time opening weekend lists, placing fifth. If it continues to outperform projections, it may potentially beat “The Dark Knight Rises” from 2012 and come close to breaking Warner Bros.’ previous record of $169.1 million.

Barbie Box Office Collection

The popularity of “Barbie” among adult female audiences is genuinely astounding, signifying a rare blockbuster fueled solely by women. According to CinemaScore surveys, women made up 65% of the film’s opening day crowd. “Barbie” is creating strong post-release hype and is expected to attract repeat viewings from moviegoers who love its meta humour and sarcastic commentary, with an A grade on CinemaScore and Rotten Tomatoes ratings of 90% from both critics and viewers.

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On the other side, Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” is also doing well at the box office, grossing $77 million in its first weekend from 3,610 sites. This three-hour biography about the father of the atomic bomb is one of Nolan’s highest-grossing pictures, with only “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” grossing more on opening weekend. Like “Barbie,” “Oppenheimer” benefited from a robust marketing effort that promoted it as a must-see film on the large screen, especially in IMAX theatres.

The unexpected link between “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” via memes has increased awareness of the latter among those who may not normally seek out serious premium films. The film’s compelling representation of real-world situations has struck a chord with moviegoers, as indicated by its A grade on CinemaScore and Rotten Tomatoes scores of 93% from critics and 94% from the general public.

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Oppenheimer Box Office Collection

While “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” remain popular, other films are also creating waves. The second-weekend profits of Angel Studios’ breakout success “Sound of Freedom” might eclipse those of Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning.” Positive word of mouth, particularly among conservative audiences, has contributed significantly to the film’s success.

“Mission: Impossible 7” will have competition this summer from the tough “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer.” Despite consistently great performance in line with past “Mission: Impossible” films, it will need to maintain its solid showing in order to offset its expensive $290 million budget and earn a profit.

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Overall, this weekend’s box office results are substantial, with “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” leading the way and reviving the summer movie season.