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‘Oppenheimer’ Surpasses $500 Million, Sets Box Office Record for Highest-Grossing WWII Film


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On the same day, “Barbie” broke the billion-dollar mark at the box office, the other half of the viral phenomenon “Barbenheimer” passed the half-billion-dollar mark.

Since its release three weeks ago, Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” has grossed $552.9 million worldwide, according to official estimates from Universal Pictures.

It is now the highest-grossing R-rated film of 2023, and “marks the fastest that a Universal R-rated film has reached the $200 million threshold domestically,” the studio said in a statement. Sunday press release. It is also the highest-grossing film of World War II, according to Universal.

In its third weekend, “Oppenheimer” had incredible staying power as the No. 3 film at both domestic and international box offices.

Nolan’s blockbuster had “an astonishing theatrical run made all the more impressive by the R-rating, length and subject matter which, in the hands of a lesser filmmaker and in the absence of a marketing strategy and spectacular release, would likely have resulted in a mere footnote when referring to the performance of historical dramas at the box office,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

The box office numbers are impressive for a three-hour biography about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Manhattan Project physicist. The film is one of four biopics to gross over half a billion dollars worldwide, alongside “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Passion of the Christ” and “American Sniper”.

“‘Oppenheimer’…(has) become one of the most revered, talked about and successful summer films ever released by a major studio,” Dergarabedian said, adding that the film “demonstrates the power of the big cinema and of course a bit of unpredictable ‘Barbenheimer’ magic.

“Oppenheimer” and “Barbie” have had a symbiotic relationship ahead of their joint debut on July 21, perhaps helped by their very different styles and tones.



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