Sunday, April 21, 2024

Box Office: “Barbie” Fever Cooling? Juggernaut Movie Drops 41% from Last Friday, But Still a Mega Hit


“Barbie” fever may finally be cooling.

Last night the toy story made $16 million. That’s a 41% drop from last Friday’s $29 million. The party isn’t over, but the guests are starting to get tired and may be going home soon.

“Barbie” is expected to add a total of $50 million this weekend, bringing the bottom line to $457 million. That’s a huge amount of money and success — until of course all the marketing money is calculated in. No one’s talking about that yet.

Yesterday there was a report that Warner Bros. has no sequel plans because they didn’t sign up the principal players. But you can place a bet that there will be a sequel, everyone will return, and there will be plenty of gauze over the lenses to keep these actors looking young enough for the roles! Maybe a scenario for the sequel will focus on Barbie and Ken’s kids — although without genitals, that would be hard to explain!

Meanwhile, “Oppenheimer” fell only 38% from last week and has buzzed along to $208 million. Extraordinary.

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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