Christopher Nolan's box office behemoth has now earned more money theatrically, worldwide, than 2018's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer has made box-office history.
The film — which just this month became the third-biggest theatrical triumph of 2023 — has now gone where no biopic has gone before, earning over $912 million worldwide throughout its run in theaters, per Box Office Mojo.
As a result, the film following the journey of J. Robert Oppenheimer has become the highest grossing biopic of all time, surpassing 2018's Bohemian Rhapsody, which itself earned $910 million globally. The latter film chronicled Queen's front-man Freddie Mercury's rise to fame.
Oppenheimer still isn't the biggest film of the year, as that title goes to Greta Gerwig's Barbie, which was released on the same day and has since surpassed $1.4 billion internationally.
Oppenheimer has put Nolan, 53, even further in the history books. It marks his largest theatrical success since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, which itself passed the global $1 billion mark.
The milestone comes as it was reported earlier on Monday that the film, starring Cillian Murphy as the titular character, crossed the $900 million mark.
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Some of the movie's success can be attributed to the fan-coined "Barbenheimer" phenomenon, which saw theater-goers check out both Oppenheimer and Barbie following their release date on July 21. Box Office Mojo also credits that weekend as the biggest theatrically in 2023 so far.
Oppenheimer — based on the book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin — also stars Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett and David Krumholtz. It follows the Manhattan Project scientist during the creation of the atomic bomb amid World War II.
“For Oppenheimer to cross the $900 million global mark after just nine weeks in theaters is a remarkable achievement,” senior Comscore analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Variety. “It shows how an amazing film with a superstar director and a star-studded cast can turn a three-hour historical epic into a blockbuster mainstream hit.”
“Those last few miles of any theatrical run are the toughest,” he added. “But at this point, […] it’s a total winner no matter the ultimate outcome.”
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