‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ set UK-Ireland box office double debut record; become first films to debut with collections over 10 Million pounds | English Movie News

Barbie” grossed an estimated 18.5 million pounds ($23.7 million) and “Oppenheimer” 10.9 million pounds at the UK-Ireland box office at the weekend, Screen International said on Monday – the first time two films opened to over 10 million pounds each.

In a battle dubbed “Barbenheimer” on social media, both movies enjoyed sold-out screenings across the country, with many fans flocking to the big screens dressed in pink to emulate the plastic doll.

The two films have given a much-needed lift to movie theatres after many earlier releases fell flat this year.

Greta Gerwig, who helmed “Barbie”, beat the record for the biggest opening for a film directed by a woman.
“Oppenheimer”, starring Irish actor Cillian Murphy as the American scientist who developed the atomic bomb, also secured director Christopher Nolan‘s second-biggest UK opening weekend.
Cinema operator Vue International said it had enjoyed its biggest weekend since “Avengers: Endgame” opened in 2019, with “Barbie” on track to become the biggest film of 2023.

“Barbie”, which stars Margot Robbie, also ruled in U.S. and Canadian theatres, taking an estimated $155 million to set the record for the biggest domestic opening of 2023.
The British Film Institute’s weekend box office figures will be released on Wednesday.

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