Oppenheimer sets another huge record

Oppenheimer landed another box office record this weekend as it became the highest-grossing biopic ever.

Oppenheimer has taken $912.7 million worldwide at this time of writing, meaning it beat the previous record held by Bohemian Rhapsody, which earned $910.8 million in 2018.

This is the latest record for the Christopher Nolan movie, which depicts how J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) created the atomic bomb.

cillian murphy in the oppenheimer trailer

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Previously, Oppenheimer became the highest-grossing WWII movie of all time, the highest-grossing film to have never reached the top spot at the box office, the first R-rated movie to gross more than $10 million for seven days in a row, and one of the highest-grossing movies of the year.

The film has been a mammoth success, particularly as it has been locked in a box-office battle with Barbie for the summer. However, for those wanting to skip Oppenheimer in theatres and wait to stream it at home — bad news. It's likely the film won't be available to stream until October or even November at the very earliest.

While Oppenheimer has earned plenty of plaudits, it has also drawn criticism for its sound, with Nolan addressing why some may struggle to hear the film's dialogue: the film's loud IMAX cameras.

cillian murphy, oppenheimer
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"There are certain mechanical improvements. And actually, IMAX is building new cameras right now which are going to be even quieter. But the real breakthrough is in software technology that allows you to filter out the camera noise," he explained.

"That has improved massively in the 15 or so years that I've been using these cameras. Which opens up for you to do more intimate scenes that you would not have been able to do in the past."

"I like to use the performance that was given in the moment rather than the actor re-voice it later," he added. "Which is an artistic choice that some people disagree with, and that's their right."

Oppenheimer is in theatres now.

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