is proving a huge success. It would appear that the hype was not overblown. According to Deadline, the box office is expecting to reach nearly $310 million. This would be the highest weekend ever at the box-office and the best of the post pandemic world. This will be the first time a movie has opened with more than $100 million and a second film opening with over $50 million. Warner Bros were modest when they said that they thought the movie would reach $75 million over the weekend. It appears the film reached that amount in just one day! Right now tracking has the movie hitting $150 million. This would beat The Super Mario Bros. Movie’s opening which was $146.3 million. But others see the movie going even higher, closer to $170 millions, which is possible because this movie seems like it’s not just a movie but an event. The film is receiving positive reviews with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 90%. Fans are also giving the film a 90% audience rating. The film has become a lightning rod for the internet, with a vocal minority criticizing some of its themes. I watched the movie and enjoyed it. I got what I was expecting from a tongue-in-cheek style story about a toy doll I knew little about. The “I’m Just Ken’ musical number alone is worth the admission price! You can check out Chris Bumbray’s 7/10 review here.
Everyone knew Barbie would be huge, so the fact that it is over-performing is no huge surprise. It may surprise you to learn that Oppenheimer is currently putting up a $77-million start. This is a crazy number for a film that lasts three hours and has only one action sequence surrounded by dialogue. The music of Academy Award winner Ludwig Goransson is so beautiful that it makes the dialogue scenes seem like intense action scenes. The final hour of this film is one of the most intense courtroom dramas I’ve ever seen. The final hour of the film was a rollercoaster ride for me, as I did not know the whole story of what happened to Oppenheimer. The acting in this movie is perfect. We all know Christopher Nolan and love him. I personally count three of his films in my top 20 of all time (Interstellar, The Dark Knight, Inception) and own all of his scripts because I love dissecting them (already have the Oppenheimer
script pre-ordered, it comes out August 2nd). It is safe to assume that I am a “Nolan fan boy” as you may have heard. I would be the one to criticize Nolan’s films if I didn’t enjoy them. Luckily, that’s not the case.
Oppenheimer is a near-masterpiece of story telling. I can now put four of Nolan’s films on my list of the 20 best films of all time. It’s not a bad drop and I think we will see this number even out in the weeks to come as the excitement of this Barbenheimer event dies down. It’s not a bad drop, and I think this number will even out over the coming weeks as the excitement of the Barbenheimer event fades and people say, “oh yeah, i haven’t watched
Mission Impossible yet. Let’s check that out tonight!”. Fourth place will be taken by the unexpected summer blockbuster Sound of Freedom which will take in Have you seen Barbie or Oppenheimer yet?