Margot Robbie has revealed how her friends reacted when she didn’t kiss Ryan Gosling in the Barbie movie.
The 33-year-old actress plays the lead in Greta Gerwig’s film, which hit UK cinemas last Friday to rave reviews and stars opposite Ryan, 42, as Ken.
But now it’s opened up People about the lack of on-screen romance with her co-star and her friends’ opinions on the matter.
Asked by the publication yes he was happy that he didn’t properly kiss Ryan in the movie and quipped, ‘Uh, no!’ That didn’t feel like a win to me!’
She added: “All my girlfriends were like, ‘Well, you did a whole movie with him and you don’t kiss? What’s wrong with you? I thought you were in charge of this!”
Funny: Margot Robbie has revealed how her friends reacted when she didn’t kiss Ryan Gosling in the Barbie movie (pictured together at UK premiere)
Iconic: The actress, 33, plays the lead in Greta Gerwig’s film, which hit UK cinemas last Friday to rave reviews and stars opposite Ryan, 42, as Ken
‘I was like, ‘I know, I can’t cross that one off my list!’
Added Ryan: “It was so much fun trying to figure out what her idea of kissing could be. I’m so glad all of that has been cut out.
It comes after the release of Barbie and Oppenheimer gave Vue its “biggest weekend of movies” since the release of Avengers: Endgame, the boss of the cinema chain said on Monday as new releases generated £30m in ticket sales across the UK.
The company, which has 91 cinemas in Britain, said a fifth of its customers had bought tickets to see both films in a double feature billed online as ‘Barbenheimer’.
And the UK Film Association, which represents cinema operators, said Barbie and Oppenheimer have already generated nearly £30m at the UK box office.
Vue International CEO Tim Richards hailed an “absolutely extraordinary weekend” for the company with more than two million people viewing Barbie solo.
Some 2,000 Vue screenings of Barbie sold out, while the network had more than 4,000 sold-out sessions across the country over the weekend. The firm added that heavy rain on Saturday also helped boost its box office receipts.
The two films, released last Friday, have contrasting stories, with Greta’s comedy about the famous Barbie doll and Christopher Nolan’s biographical thriller about physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer’s role in developing the first atomic bomb.
Revelations: But now you’ve opened up to People about the lack of on-screen romance with your co-star and your friends’ opinions on the matter.
Honest: When asked by the publication if he was happy that he didn’t properly kiss Ryan in the movie, he quipped, ‘Uh, no!’ That didn’t feel like a win to me!’
Barbenheimer also drew moviegoers to US theaters in record numbers, far exceeding projections and providing hope amid strikes.
Richards, who is also the founder of Vue and Chairman of the British Film Institute, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program this morning: “It’s been an absolutely extraordinary weekend. We knew it was going to be a great weekend.
“What this last weekend has shown is that our customers have never abandoned us after the pandemic, it has been a supply problem and we need movies. If you look at this last weekend, it was the biggest movie weekend since 2019 when Avengers Endgame came out and that was the second biggest movie of all time.
“We had over two million people see Barbie alone over the weekend, and it’s not just Barbie, it’s not just the big tents. It’s smaller movies, too: black-and-white flicks like Belfast, adult comedies like Ticket to Paradise, every customer, every demographic, they’re back. We just need more movies. We are very optimistic about the future and this weekend has helped to show that.’
Vue’s biggest sites for Barbie include Cambridge, Glasgow St Enoch, Leeds Kirkstall, Cwmbran, Islington, Bolton and Portsmouth.
The company said the film, which stars Margot and Ryan, will surpass ticket sales for Super Mario Bros. and Oppenheimer to become the biggest movie of the year.
Richards said Pixar’s Elemental, Tom Cruise’s offering Mission: Impossible – The Dead Count Part One, and Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones finale, Indiana Jones and The Dial Of Destiny, also took a hit this weekend, helped by bad weather.
When asked about the context of the ongoing strikes in Hollywood, Richards added: “The timing is unfortunate, but the stakes are high on both sides and we hope for a quick resolution of the strike.”
“But luckily all the summer movies, Barbie, Oppenheimer, Mission Impossible, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc., have been released and released and the movies for 2023 are already finished.
“So we’re in pretty good shape now for the summer and for the rest of the year and hopefully the resolution will be finished in the next month or two.”
He said that Barbie now has a “good chance to break into the Top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time.”
And, when asked about how much people are spending on theaters amid the cost-of-living crisis, Richards said: “We are very concerned and very aware of what our customers have been through, particularly with the high levels of inflation in the last 12 months, and we have done everything possible not to pass our higher costs on to customers.”
“If you look across the country right now, we have £4.99 tickets available at half of our sites across the country to try and help our customers. But what we’re seeing is a fairly healthy, even significant, increase in concession spending. And I think that after the pandemic our customers could treat themselves more.’
Odeon reported last Thursday that more than 200,000 advance tickets had been purchased and more than 10,000 guests were expected to see both films over the opening weekend.
Universal Pictures said Oppenheimer, which stars Cillian Murphy and Florence Pugh, had earned £8.05 million in the UK and Ireland as of Friday.
The film production and distribution company said the biopic is on track to have a better three-day opening than Nolan’s other blockbusters Dunkirk, Interstellar and Inception.
In the US, Barbie was in first place with $155m (£120m) in North American cinema ticket sales from 4,243 locations, surpassing The Super Mario Bros Movie as well as all Marvel films this year as the biggest opening of the year and breaking the opening weekend record for a film directed by a woman.
Oppenheimer also exceeded expectations in North America, grossing $80.5m (£62.6m) from 3,610 theaters in the US and Canada, marking Nolan’s biggest debut without Batman and one of the best starts for an R-rated biographical drama.
It is also the first time that one film has opened with more than $100 million (£77.8 million) and another film has opened with more than $80 million (£62.2 million) in the same weekend.
It is expected to be the fourth highest-grossing weekend of all time in the US with over $300m (£233m) industry-wide.
The Barbenheimer phenomenon may have started out as a mild-mannered contest between two aesthetic opposites, but both films seem to have benefited.
LOL: She added: ‘All my girlfriends were like, ‘Well, you did a whole movie with him and you don’t kiss? What’s wrong with you? I thought you were in charge of this!”
Stunning: During Barbie’s press tour, Margot wowed in a series of chic pink outfits that fit her character.
Hit: It comes after the release of Barbie and Oppenheimer gave Vue its “biggest weekend of movies” since the release of Avengers: Endgame.
Internationally, Barbie earned $182 million (£142 million) from 69 territories, powering a global weekend of $337 million (£262 million).
Oppenheimer earned $93.7 million (£72.9 million) from 78 territories, ranking ahead of Barbie in India, for a global total of $174.2 million (£135.5 million).
The only real casualty was Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part I, which despite good reviews and a good opening weekend dropped 64 percent in the second weekend.
Dwarfed by the Barbenheimer glare, as well as the shock of losing its Imax screens to Oppenheimer, Tom Cruise’s new film added $19.5m (£15.1m), bringing his domestic total to $118.8m (£92.4m).