BARBIE Breaks Box Office Records With Biggest Thursday Opening Of 2023 As It Tops Recent Marvel Movies

BARBIE Breaks Box Office Records With Biggest Thursday Opening Of 2023 As It Tops Recent Marvel Movies BARBIE Breaks Box Office Records With Biggest Thursday Opening Of 2023 As It Tops Recent Marvel Movies

Margot Robbie's Barbie movie is breaking box office records...and it's only just opened! Not even this year's biggest superhero movies have managed to perform like this during Thursday evening screenings!

By JoshWilding - Jul 21, 2023 02:07 PM EST
Filed Under: Movies

Life in plastic is definitely fantastic for Barbie as the Margot Robbie-led movie has massively exceeded expectations at the box office, collecting an impressive $23 million from Thursday night previews. 

To put that into context, that's by far the biggest opening night of 2023, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 a distant second at $17.5 million. Needless to say, this is exactly the sort of result Warner Bros. needed after The Flash crashed and burned earlier this summer. 

It's also worth noting that this $23 million haul puts Barbie ahead of recent hits like Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse ($17.4 million), The Batman ($21.6 million), and Avatar: The Way of Water ($17 million). 

Even last year's biggest movie of the summer, Top Gun: Maverick, failed to reach these heights (it made $17.5 million). 

There's obviously been a lot of chatter about "Barbenheimer," but only one movie can win the weekend. It won't be Christopher Nolan's latest because Oppenheimer opened to a respectable $10.5 million last night. 

What will the weekend look like from here? 

Right now, estimates are all over the place but projections range from $90 million - $125 million. Warner Bros. is being a little more conservative by predicting a $75 million haul, with a possible $165 million global opening. It's simply too soon to say for sure. Either way, it should be the biggest weekend for a movie directed by a woman, so hats off to the amazing Greta Gerwig.

What will you be watching in theaters this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below.

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