It’s Barbenheimer to the rescue.
Hollywood could use some good news, not to mention a distraction, amid the ongoing writers’ and actors’ strikes. The two photos of the summer event. Barbie and oppenheimer must deliver only that when it opens in theaters this weekend.
by filmmaker Greta Gerwig Barbie – the long-gestating film about the world’s most iconic fashion doll – is on track to open to between $90 million and $110 million domestically, a huge sum for a female-biased event film, according to a Hollywood analytics firm. It would also be one of the best openings of the summer season.
Warner Bros. is being more conservative in suggesting $75 million for Barbie (The study’s caution is understandable considering that tracking has been off of late.)
Christopher Nolan oppenheimer is planning to open to $49 million, says a source who has access to tracking data (Universal expects $40 million or more). The three-hour film chronicles the career of J. Robert Oppenheimer, considered the father of the atomic bomb. Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt and Matt Damon headline the star-studded cast.
No one could have predicted that Barbie and oppenheimer would be at the center of the most interesting matchup this summer in the multiplex, considering they couldn’t be more different in tone and scope.
However, thousands of moviegoers seem to be intrigued by the pair and say they plan to enjoy a double feature and see both movies on the big screen. AMC Theatres, the country’s largest circuit, says 40,000 of its loyal Stubs patrons now plan to see the movies back-to-back (a week ago, that number was just 20,000).
The summer box office could use a boost after several big-budget duds, including The flash (Warner Bros./DC Studios), Elementary (Disney/Pixar) and Indiana Jones and the dial of fate (Disney/Lucasfilm). And last weekend, Tom Cruise, starring Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One it missed tracking projections by posting a five-day debut of $78.5 million, up from $90 million or more.
In the run up to M:I 7Cruise urged his fans via a social media post to support all of the July movies, such as Barbie and oppenheimer. Gerwig and Barbie star Margot Robbie returned the favor, urging moviegoers to spread the wealth.
It remains to be seen how much Mission: Impossible 7 falls in its second weekend. The filmmakers are expecting $27-28 million, but the film is losing Imax screens due to oppenheimeras well as some premium large format displays for both oppenheimer and Barbie.
oppenheimer and Barbie the stars were able to largely complete their publicity duties before the SAG-AFTRA strike began last week. However, the upcoming summer movies will find themselves in a bind as the actors are not allowed to promote their movies in any way, not even by walking the red carpet or attending a film festival.
BarbieThe production price of was $145 million or more before marketing. oppenheimer It cost about $100 million.
Both films also open abroad this weekend.