Saturday, April 20, 2024

Friday Box Office: “Oppenheimer” Scores Big, Blows Away Audiences, “Mission Impossible” Suffering Barbenheimer Weekend


Last night. Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” opened big — $22.5 million added to its previews of $10.5 million for $33 million so far. For a three hour epic drama in the summer, that’s explosive. Audiences are blown away by “Oppenheimer”! Cliches are coming in fast and furious.

The cross marketing scheme of “Barbenheimer” has worked like a charm. Someone must have thought of it, and they deserve a prize.

But “Barbenheimer” is taking a toll on the new “Mission Impossible” movie. Its total is at $104 million on its second official weekend. The slow down is concerning. It’s possible once “Barbie” fever is over, audiences will go back to “Dead Reckoning.” Let’s hope so.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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