Warner Bros’ Barbie has taken the world by storm, raking in a staggering $774.5 million at the global box office as of Sunday. The film, with its vibrant pink aesthetic, clever marketing, and heartfelt message, has propelled itself to the top of the international box office for two consecutive weekends. In its sophomore session alone, Barbie earned $122.2 million in 69 markets, surpassing its opening numbers by a mere 32%. The film’s international total now stands at an impressive $423.1 million, while its domestic earnings for the weekend reached $93 million, resulting in a cumulative North America total of $351.4 million. Barbie’s remarkable success is already rewriting the record books, overshadowing other notable films such as Ant-Man and the Wasp, Wonder Woman, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Barbie has not only dominated the global box office but also maintained its reign as the number one film in 57 markets. Its impressive hold in various countries is a testament to its broad appeal. Taiwan witnessed a remarkable surge of 37%, while Germany and Hong Kong experienced increases of 29% and 19%, respectively. Other markets like Holland, Singapore, and China witnessed a marginal decline, while countries such as Australia, France, and Argentina faced a minor drop of 11% to 25%. Even in the face of these slight decreases, Barbie continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
Scaling New Heights
Margot Robbie’s captivating performance in Barbie has helped propel the film to new heights. The movie has secured its place as the third highest-grossing film of the year globally and the fourth highest-grossing film internationally. Barbie has even surpassed the lifetime earnings of several other notable movies, including Wonder Woman, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and Godzilla Vs Kong. Comparing Barbie to other films in similar markets and considering exchange rates, the film is currently tracking parallel to Frozen II, remarkably exceeding the earnings of Wonder Woman by 92%, Cinderella by 195%, and The Little Mermaid by an astonishing 213%.
Oppenheimer’s Steady Rise
While Barbie continues to dominate the box office, Universal’s Oppenheimer has been quietly making waves of its own. The Christopher Nolan-directed film has seen an exceptional hold overseas, garnering $72.4 million in its second weekend across 78 markets. This amount contributes to a cumulative international total of $226.3 million. Globally, Oppenheimer’s earnings have now reached an impressive $400.4 million. The film has quickly become the highest-grossing Nolan film of all time in 28 markets, including India, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Turkey. Moreover, Oppenheimer has secured its position as the top non-Batman movie for Nolan in 40 markets, including Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines.
The success of Oppenheimer has also contributed to Universal Pictures crossing the $2 billion mark at the international box office. This achievement marks only the fourth time a studio has reached such a milestone since the pandemic began. Universal has now joined an elite group of studios that have achieved this incredible feat on seven separate occasions. The studio’s consistent success demonstrates its ability to captivate audiences and deliver hit films even in challenging times.
With both Barbie and Oppenheimer shining as box office powerhouses, the film industry continues to witness the enduring allure of blockbuster films. Barbie, with its empowering message and global appeal, has set a new standard for success, surpassing expectations and breaking records. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer has solidified Christopher Nolan’s reputation as a master storyteller, captivating audiences across the globe. As the film industry looks to the future, these outstanding performances serve as a reminder of the power of cinema to captivate and inspire audiences worldwide.