It’s the fourth week and despite other anticipated movies hitting the screen both Barbie and Oppenheimer continue their winning streak. Well, Barbie, a bit more than Oppenheimer as while the latter saw a dip from its position from second to third owing to the release of Meg 2, barbie remains at its no 1 position.
Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has created records by bringing in around $1.2 billion globally. while Oppenheimer has an estimated earning of $649 million globally. Oppenheimer had been comfy at its second place but last week Jason Statham starrer Shark drama, Meg 2 bit it hard and brought it to third place but according to Entertainment Weekly, Oppenheimer has blasted itself to second position again this week.
No matter what their performance has been so far, it can’t be denied that both Barbie and Oppenheimer had given movie lovers almost a carnival-like euphoria which they rejoiced and celebrated like one. With the writer’s strike, things could have been tricky for both movies, but it managed to blow every expectation. Barbenheimer in the true sense became a festival for the audiences.
Barbie also brings home the crown for its director as the first solo female director to get into the billion-dollar movie club. Oppenheimer shines as Christopher Nolan’s fifth biggest film.
Do not think that it was all pink and boastful for the movies as there was a huge backlash for Barbenheimer in Japan. One reason was the timing of the release which coincided with the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To top it you can’t expect a movie like Oppenheimer’s to not hurt the sentiments of the Japanese audience. So Japan collectively chose not to give either of the movies a chance. Barbie suffered because of it being part of “Barbenheimer”. According to Pinkvilla, things were so bad that Warner Bros and Universal Pictures had started a petition to stop the usage of #Barbenheimer and even started the usage of #nobarbenheimer. Either the hashtag caught fire or the Japanese audience thawed to give Barbie a chance, whatever may the case be, the film has finally been released in Japan and according to reports the tickets have been selling like hotcakes.
Sadly Oppenheimer doesn’t seem to getting a chance at redemption because he is facing criticism over a lack of acknowledgement of what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Both the movies have broken records and social media and it did create a fiesta for movie lovers. So which was your favourite pick Barbie or Oppenheimer?
News Source : Entertainment Weekly, Pinkvilla Disclaimer : Images used in the article are not our own but picked up from different sources for representational purposes.