Barbenheimer Destroys The Box Office, Multiple Records Smashed In 4th Biggest Weekend Ever


The combined might of Barbie and Oppenheimer gives the box office a huge boost, smashing records while earning the fourth-biggest weekend of all time.

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  • Barbenheimer’s simultaneous release of Barbie and Oppenheimer has broken numerous box office records, with Barbie’s $155-$160 million opening and Oppenheimer’s $80.5 million contributing to a bombastic total weekend gross.
  • These movies, directed by Greta Gerwig and Christopher Nolan respectively, have garnered attention for their stark differences in genre and subject matter, despite both having acclaimed directors and A-list casts.
  • Barbenheimer’s box office success includes Barbie having the best opening weekend of 2023 and Oppenheimer securing Christopher Nolan’s best opening for a non-Batman film, making this the fourth-best domestic opening weekend in history.



Barbie and Oppenheimer, which were both released on July 21 and are known collectively as Barbenheimer, have smashed all kinds of box office records. The simultaneous release of the two movies has fueled a cavalcade of memes celebrating how different they are despite both being helmed by Oscar-nominated directors and boasting A-list casts. Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is a wacky comedy following the titular doll (Margot Robbie) to the real world, while Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is an intense biopic about J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) and the creation of the atomic bomb.

Per Variety, the Barbie box office opening of $155-$160 million has combined with Oppenheimer‘s $80.5 million (as well as the rest of the movies currently in theaters) for a bombastic total weekend gross. Records are being broken left and right, including Barbie nabbing the best opening weekend of 2023 as well as the best opening for a non-superhero, non-sequel, non-remake title and Oppenheimer nabbing Nolan’s best opening for a non-Batman movie. On top of that, this weekend is the fourth-best in domestic history, behind the opening weekends of Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Ryan Gosling as Ken in Barbie and Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer in Front of a Mushroom Cloud

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Source: Variety