After a Record-Breaking Stint, Barbie Steps Down from Box Office Top 10

Barbie Bids Adieu to Box Office’s Top 10, Wrapping Up a Record-Breaking Theatrical Odyssey. Directed by Greta Gerwig and inspired by the beloved Mattel figurine, the film features Margot Robbie in the lead, narrating the escapades of Barbie as she ventures from Barbieland into reality.

Released in mid-July, the movie garnered acclaim from critics, catapulting it into box office history with a staggering global earnings of over $1.428 billion.

As per The Numbers (via Slash Film), Barbie’s remarkable reign in the box office elite has gracefully concluded. This past weekend, the film gracefully descended to the 12th spot, conjuring approximately $782,000 in domestic earnings.

While it relished an extensive stay in the upper echelons, fresh cinematic arrivals including The Exorcist: Believer, PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, Saw X, The Creator, The Blind, and A Haunting in Venice, among a constellation of others, ultimately nudged Gerwig’s cinematic creation to its current standing.

Barbie was always anticipated to make a splash, thanks to its stellar cast and iconic brand, but it ended up dazzling far beyond anyone’s projections. A significant factor in its triumph was undoubtedly the Barbenheimer sensation. The stark contrast in tone between Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, both slated for release on the same day, became the stuff of online meme legend.


What began as a debate over which film would emerge victorious in this cinematic face-off transformed into a jubilant celebration of both. Double feature tickets for Barbie and Oppenheimer flew off the shelves, and early critiques for both movies were resoundingly positive. This initial fervor sustained its momentum not just through their opening weekends, but crucially, in the weeks that followed.

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The enduring fervor for the Barbenheimer phenomenon, coupled with glowing word-of-mouth, propelled Barbie and Oppenheimer into the realm of major successes.

At a time when the lifespan of films in theaters has grown shorter, these two movies stand as a testament to the enduring allure of the big screen. While Barbie‘s reign over the box office may be tapering off, its continued dominance on VOD charts speaks volumes about its enduring charm.

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