Friday Night Success for Greta Gerwig’s Barbie: Breaking Records and Challenging Conversations

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By Johnni Macke

In a remarkable turn of events, the Greta Gerwig-directed Barbie film has soared past the $500 million mark at the box office this evening.

This achievement comes just a few days after it secured the title of the highest-grossing domestic box office film helmed by a female director.

With a current total of $1.13 billion in global earnings, Barbie has also set a new record for the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a female filmmaker, surpassing Captain Marvel’s $1.13 billion.

The success story continues as Barbie raced to the half-billion dollar milestone within a mere 22 days, outpacing other notable contenders like Top Gun: Maverick and Super Mario Bros Movie, which took 30 and 31 days respectively to reach the same benchmark.

The film’s influence has expanded its list of accomplishments to just one among twenty titles to breach the half-billion mark at the domestic box office. You should also check Unveiling ‘Heart of Stone’ A Blend of Espionage and Adventure on Netflix.

Projections indicate that Barbie is set to retain its lead at the U.S. and Canada box office, with a projected $30 million haul over the upcoming weekend.

While critics have showered Barbie with praise, and its Rotten Tomatoes rating remains fresh, not everyone has embraced the film and its messaging.

Well-known talk show host Bill Maher recently voiced his criticism, labeling the movie as “preachy” and accusing it of having a “man-hating” tone.

He specifically raised concerns about the movie’s depiction of the Mattel board as exclusively male, which contrasts with the real-life board makeup of seven men and five women.

Maher’s remarks have sparked discussions about the film’s portrayal of gender roles and empowerment, transcending international boundaries.

Universal’s Oppenheimer is expected to experience a -40% decline in its fourth weekend, projecting earnings of approximately $17.5 million across 3,612 theaters.

The Christopher Nolan-directed drama, which runs for three hours and has been screened in IMAX and 70mm formats, added around $3.6 million to its impressive $245.4 million three-week total.

The film achieved a significant milestone at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre, surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ previous record, holding the title of the highest-grossing film in the venue’s 97-year history.

Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is likely to see a similar -40% decline in its second weekend, aiming for a nearly $17 million box office result.

The animated offering from Nickelodeon and Point Grey collected $57 million over its initial nine days across 3,858 theaters

Disney’s “Haunted Mansion,” showcased in 3,740 theaters, exhibited a steady rise, earning an estimated $1 million.

This represents a 2% increase from Wednesday’s earnings and contributes to its cumulative total of $47.2 million over a two-week span.

The film’s enduring appeal continues to attract audiences to the eerie and enchanting world of the haunted mansion.

Meanwhile, “Jailer,” an action-packed Tamil-language comedy directed by Nelson Dilipkumar, made a splashy entrance onto the scene. You may also read Embracing the Dark Legacy A Journey Aboard “The Last Voyage of the Demeter”.

Across 375 theaters, the film experienced a strong opening on Wednesday, garnering an estimated $961,000.

The momentum carried forward, with the movie pulling in $627,000 on the subsequent day. As a result, the film’s two-day earnings have reached an impressive $1.58 million.

“Jailer” weaves a captivating narrative around a retired prison warden’s quest to uncover the truth behind his son’s murder, leading him through a labyrinth of challenges and complexities.

Amid these dynamic developments, the entertainment industry is bracing for further adjustments in theatrical release schedules throughout the remainder of 2023.

Industry experts advise closely monitoring the performance of “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” as they navigate this evolving landscape.

Both films have the potential to captivate audiences well into the Thanksgiving season, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the cinematic experience.

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