"Barbie" Hits Major Domestic Box Office Milestone; "TMNT" Debuts at Third Place

New releases battle for box office success behind leading hits.

by Nouman Rasool
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"Barbie" Hits Major Domestic Box Office Milestone; "TMNT" Debuts at Third Place

Barbenheimer's impressive streak at the domestic box office continues for a third consecutive weekend, leaving its mark on the industry. However, two new releases have hit the scene, aiming to carve out their share of the profits.

Greta Gerwig's satirical comedy is outpacing recent successes, while Christopher Nolan's biographical drama Oppenheimer continues to perform robustly. The box office also sees new entries with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem and Meg 2: The Trench, which are expected to claim the third and fourth spots, respectively.

Barbenheimer achieved a significant milestone this Thursday, passing the $400 million mark in domestic earnings, a feat accomplished faster than hits like Top Gun: Maverick and The Super Mario Bros. Movie. It's estimated to gross around $55 million in its third weekend, but previous underestimations mean it might very well exceed that figure.

Standing at $406 million domestically after two weeks, it is on the cusp of hitting $900 million globally, and it appears poised to become the second film this year to reach the coveted $1 billion at the global box office.

Oppenheimer, on the other hand, is moving with the force of a summer blockbuster, accumulating $5.5 million this Thursday. Its domestic total is nearing $200 million, and its global reach is expected to surpass $500 million by Sunday, outperforming Nolan's Dunkirk.

Mutant Mayhem Grabs Third Spot

Among the new entrants, Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem snatched the third spot with $4.8 million on Thursday. Including $3.8 million from Tuesday previews, the film's Wednesday debut reached $10.2 million.

The movie, directed by Jeff Rowe and co-produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, seems set for a successful start with $40 million across the extended five-day opening frame. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.' Meg 2, starring Jason Statham and directed by Ben Wheatley, is targeting an opening weekend between $20 million and $30 million, despite a disheartening 28% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

In comparison, the first Meg film opened with $45 million in 2018, reaching a lifetime global haul of $530 million. Disney's Haunted Mansion settles in the fifth spot, struggling with only $33 million in its first week. This pales in comparison to its 2003 predecessor, and the film's reported $150 million budget will likely prove difficult to recoup.

In summary, Barbenheimer and Oppenheimer continue to dominate, while the debutantes face mixed prospects. The strength of established franchises and the potential of new ones shape the box office landscape, setting the stage for intriguing weeks ahead. Stay tuned for further updates.

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