Barbie reigns supreme at the box office this year, eclipsing the Super Mario Bros Movie in earnings.
The Barbie film, featuring Margot Robbie’s iconic doll navigating the transition from her pink fantasy abode to the tangible real world, has amassed a staggering $1.38 billion (£1.1 billion) in global revenue.
This impressive figure surges past the $1.36 billion garnered by the Super Mario Bros Movie.
Notably, Barbie’s triumph has played a pivotal role in reviving the U.S. summer box office, catapulting it to a noteworthy $4 billion (£3.2 billion) benchmark, a feat unforeseen during the pandemic era.
Cinematic analysts initially had modest expectations for the industry’s recovery, but the dual release of “Barbenheimer” (Barbie) and Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” on a fateful day in July propelled box office takings beyond last year’s $3.4 billion (£2.7 billion) total.
Furthermore, industry pundits had prophesied that the Super Mario Bros Movie would clinch the title of 2023’s cinematic behemoth. However, Greta Gerwig’s directorial prowess with Barbie has defied those predictions.
The biggest films of 2023 so far
- Barbie – $1.38bn
- The Super Mario Bros Movie – $1.36bn
- Oppenheimer – $853m
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 – $846m
- Fast X – $705m
Denzel Washington’s return as the Equalizer in the third installment has struck box office gold once again, raking in an impressive $34.5 million (£27.3 million) during its inaugural North American weekend.
Nonetheless, apprehensions loom large in Hollywood’s corridors, fueled by the postponement of several highly-anticipated releases to 2024. Titles like “Dune: Part II,” “Kraven the Hunter,” and the sequel to “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” have shifted their premiere dates due to the lingering Hollywood strike, which hampers actors’ ability to promote studio productions. This unprecedented move casts a shadow over the remainder of the year’s cinematic prospects. – 20newshub.com.