Thursday, May 30, 2024

Early Weekend Report: BARBIE Scores $22.3M, OPPENHEIMER Posts $10.5M As ‘Barbenheimer’ Takes Over

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Friday’s Update: Warner Bros. reports this morning that Barbie has earned $22.3 million from domestic previews, a number that included traditional Thursday previews (starting at 3 p.m.) and 500 locations that hosted “Barbie Blowout Parties” on Wednesday.

Together, Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer bowed to $10.5 million in Thursday estimates as of 5 p.m

Breaking it down, the “Barbenheimer” train is taking audiences to theaters in droves for both films. BarbieThe launch marks the best gross preview since then Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ($28 million) last November, while OppenheimerIts early score is the best for an R-rated film since then Joker ($13.3 million) and Her: Chapter Two ($10.5 million) at the end of 2019.

Here’s how each film stacks up in comparable preview scores.

Barbie:

  • 28 percent ahead Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse ($17.4 million)
  • 117 percent ahead The Little Mermaid ($10.3 million)
  • 27 percent ahead Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 AND Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania ($17.5 million each)
  • 8 percent forward Captain Marvel ($20.7 million)
  • 103 percent ahead Wonder Woman ($11 million)
  • 37 percent ahead Beauty and the Beast ($16.3 million)

Oppenheimer:

  • 50 percent up front Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One ($7 million)
  • 46 percent ahead Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny ($7.2 million)
  • 18 percent ahead John Wick: Chapter 4 ($8.9 million)
  • 64 percent ahead NO ($6.4 million)
  • 106 percent ahead Dune ($5.1 million)
  • 91 percent ahead Dunkirk ($5.5 million)

As for weekend trajectories, these two movies hitting theaters on the same weekend will continue to twist all predictions right. With that in mind, these preliminary results are at the upper end of the expectations set out in the forecast and final ranges.

More updates to follow over the weekend.

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