Can any movie surpass it? Movie theaters have witnessed an unprecedented box office explosion, but this time it’s not explosions on screen, but Oppenheimer’s astonishing success – 95%, Christopher Nolan’s biopic about the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer. In a surprising turn of events, this film has managed to become the highest-grossing biopic of all time, surpassing even Bohemian Rhapsody: The Freddie Mercury Story – 51%. While we could avoid the “box office bomb” jokes, what is clear is that Oppenheimer has defied all expectations and has left an indelible mark on cinema history.
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According to The Wrap (via slashfilm), Oppenheimer is about to add an impressive $12 million to its already extraordinary global box office take this weekend. This will bring its cumulative total to a staggering USD $912.7 million, easily surpassing the record previously set by Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018, which reached the USD $903.6 million mark. But what makes this achievement even more amazing is that Oppenheimer He has not yet finished his career in theaters.
Nolan’s film has maintained its position in the top 10 at the domestic box office for two consecutive months, and this weekend it is expected to add another USD $2.2 million to its gross in theaters in the United States and Canada, according to deadline (via slashfilm). This sustained success is a feat in itself, and demonstrates the incredible resilience of Oppenheimer in an often volatile film market.
Despite recent challenges, such as competition from new releases like Blue Beetle – 74% and The Equalizer 3who stole part of the lucrative IMAX screens where Oppenheimer was generating premium ticket sales, the film’s future remains promising. Next week, a limited IMAX screening of Barbie – 88% will hit theaters, which could fill the void left by the delay of Dune: Part Two from its original November 2023 release date to March 2024. This could provide even more opportunities for Oppenheimer continue conquering the box office.
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Another factor that could further boost the collection of Oppenheimer are the Academy Awards rumors. It seems inevitable that Nolan’s film will receive multiple Oscar nominations, which has historically led to an increase in the box office for nominated films. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to expect that Oppenheimer experience a resurgence at the beginning of the year 2024, when the Academy Awards ceremony takes place.
However, it is interesting to note that film studios seem to be increasingly avoiding the term “biopic.” Although this may seem like a minor semantic issue, it is indicative of the change in perception of this film genre. Instead of using the “biographical” label, some films prefer to be labeled as “biographical dramas.” This shift may be due in part to the belief that biopics are perceived as cynical attempts to win awards, especially since the success of Bohemian Rhapsody At the 2019 Oscars, despite mixed reviews, Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury nailed it. But Oppenheimer has proven that the genre has lasting appeal when approached with vision and talent.
It is relevant to note that the success of biographical films does not necessarily correlate with the fame of the subject in question. The highest-grossing films in this genre often benefit from a compelling story, exceptional direction, and a talented cast. Notable examples include Sniper – 72%, a war film that grossed USD $547.4 million worldwide, The Greatest Showman – 54% a musical that reached USD $435.7 million, and The Wolf Of Wall Street – 78% of Martin Scorsese, who accumulated USD $406.8 million.
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In an era where biopics are more recurrent, you only need to see that Spencer was released in recent years – 85%, King Richard: a winning family – 88%, The Gucci House – 73% and more, the market is more competitive. But, despite this, Nolan’s latest production has shown us that the latter is not an impediment to standing out from the rest. Cillian Murphy’s film is positioned as the best biopic at the box office and is shaping up to be one of the candidates to win more than one Oscar next year.
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