Barbie movie shines brighter than expected, surpasses $356M in global box office earnings

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Barbie’s movie debut continues to shine as its final global box office earnings reach $356 million.

Barbie’s cinematic release had a record-breaking opening weekend in the United States and Canada, raking in $162 million in ticket sales, surpassing the initial estimate of $155 million announced by Warner Bros on Sunday.

The movie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, has claimed the top spot as the highest-grossing film of the year based on domestic opening weekend earnings, surpassing the $146.4 million earned by The Super Mario Bros. Movie in April.

Internationally, Director Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the Mattel Inc doll also performed well, adding $194.3 million from 63 international markets, resulting in a total global debut of $356.3 million.

The competition between Barbie and director Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer movie was playfully dubbed “Barbenheimer” at the box office.

Final box office figures for Oppenheimer also showed positive growth, with the film making $82.4 million in the United States and Canada during the Friday to Sunday period, exceeding the earlier estimate of $80.5 million. Additionally, in 78 international markets, Oppenheimer collected nearly $98.0 million, bringing its global total to $180.4 million.

Both films surpassed expectations, contributing to the US and Canadian box office surpassing $300 million for only the fourth time in history.