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Barbie Soars to Record-Breaking $1.34B, Paves Way for Warner Bros.’ All-Time Blockbuster!

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Barbie Soars to Record-Breaking $1.34B, Paves Way for Warner Bros.' All-Time Blockbuster!
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The summer box office continues to thrive as Warner Bros. and Universal enjoy the success of their blockbuster films. Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” is on track to become Warner Bros.’ highest-grossing movie of all time, just $1 million shy of surpassing the record set by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.” Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” has already reached a global total of $777.2 million, with expectations to cross the $800 million mark soon.

In terms of international box office performance, “Oppenheimer” leads the way with $29.1 million in 82 markets, including a strong start in Italy and impressive holdovers. The film has already surpassed Nolan’s previous hit, “The Dark Knight,” in overseas earnings. Notably, Italy saw a massive opening of $9.2 million, while Greece debuted with $862,000, giving Nolan his biggest openings in these countries. “Oppenheimer” has also become Universal’s top title ever in Hungary, surpassing “Minions.”

“Barbie” continues to perform exceptionally well, adding $18.2 million to its overseas total of $745.5 million. The film has seen a drop of just 32% in its sixth frame, with strong holds in markets like Germany, Holland, Belgium, and France. Margot Robbie’s portrayal of the iconic doll has propelled “Barbie” to become Warner Bros.’ third-biggest international title, surpassing “Joker.” It is also the biggest WB film ever in 36 markets, including the UK, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and Poland. Additionally, “Barbie” is the biggest Hollywood film of 2023 across Europe, and the highest-grossing film ever in Ireland and Argentina.

Other films making waves at the international box office include Warner Bros.’ “Meg 2: The Trench,” which earned $15.2 million, and Sony’s “Gran Turismo: Based On a True Story,” which grossed $11 million in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Disney/Pixar’s “Elemental” continues to hold strong with just a 23% drop in earnings, bringing its total to $317 million internationally.

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