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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ Continues to Lead the Box Office, Giving the Industry a Mid-Summer Boost

LOS ANGELES — “Barbie” has maintained its position as the top film at the box office for the fourth consecutive week. The movie directed by Greta Gerwig brought in $33.7 million, according to studio estimates. This success has helped revive the industry during the mid-summer season.

The film, starring Margot Robbie and produced by Warner Bros., has not shown any signs of slowing down. It surpassed $500 million in revenue in North America and crossed the $1 billion mark globally, setting a record for a film directed by a woman.

In its fourth week, “Oppenheimer,” the second half of the “Barbenheimer” duo, climbed back to the second spot at the box office. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film earned $18.8 million, bringing its overall domestic total to $264.3 million.

With weak competition, Universal’s “The Last Voyage of the Demeter,” the only major wide release of the week, debuted in fifth place with a $6.5 million opening weekend.

In its second week, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” earned $15.6 million, securing the third spot, while the Jason Statham shark sequel, “Meg 2: The Trench,” dropped to fifth place, bringing in $12.7 million.

“Barbie” is on track to become the top film of 2023, with its domestic total of $526.3 million and global revenue of $1.18 billion. It currently ranks second behind “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” in domestic sales and is the second-highest grossing film in the history of Warner Bros.

The success of “Barbie” has been a welcome change for the industry, which has been experiencing a weak year in theaters with underperforming sequels. The sustained performance of this Mattel movie has helped boost box office numbers, with major releases still to come in August.

All movies combined this summer have earned an impressive $3.63 billion in North America, and it is likely to reach the $4 billion mark with upcoming releases like “Blue Beetle,” “Gran Turismo,” and “The Equalizer 3.”

Overall, the midsummer success of “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” has propelled the industry-wide summer total ahead of last year, reversing the initial trend of a lagging box office.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore:

  1. “Barbie” – $33.7 million
  2. “Oppenheimer” – $18.8 million
  3. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” – $15.6 million
  4. “Meg 2: The Trench” – $12.7 million
  5. “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” – $6.5 million
  6. “Haunted Mansion” – $5.6 million
  7. “Talk to Me” – $5.1 million
  8. “Sound of Freedom” – $4.8 million
  9. “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part I” – $4.7 million
  10. “Jailer” – $2.6 million

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