Can a movie top it? Movie theaters witnessed an unprecedented box office explosion, but this time it was not on-screen explosions, but the astonishing success of Oppenheimer – 95%, Christopher Nolan’s biopic on the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer. In a surprising turn of events, this film managed to become the highest-grossing biopic of all time, even surpassing Bohemian Rhapsody: The Freddie Mercury Story – 51%. While we might avoid the jokes about “box office bombs,” what is clear is that Oppenheimer defied all expectations and left an indelible mark on cinema history.
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According to The wrap (via slash movie), Oppenheimer is poised to add an impressive $12 million to its already extraordinary global box office this weekend. This will bring its cumulative total to a staggering US$912.7 million, easily surpassing the record previously set by Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018, which reached the mark of 903.6 million US dollars. But what makes this achievement even more astonishing is that Oppenheimer He has not yet finished his career in the theater.
Nolan’s film has maintained its position in the top 10 at the domestic box office for two straight months, and this weekend it’s expected to add another $2.2 million to its U.S. and Canadian theatrical haul. , according to deadline (via slash movie). This sustained success is an achievement 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 Equalizer 3who stole part of the lucrative IMAX screens where Oppenheimer generated premium ticket sales, the future of the film remains promising. Next week, a limited IMAX screening of Barbie – 88% will be released theatrically, which could fill the gap left by Dune: Part II’s delay between its original release date of November 2023 and March 2024. This could provide even more opportunities for Oppenheimer continue to conquer the box office.
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Another factor that could further boost the collection of Oppenheimer are the Oscars rumors. It seems inevitable that Nolan’s film will receive multiple Oscar nominations, which has historically led to an increase in the box office of nominated films. It is therefore not unreasonable to expect that Oppenheimer experiences a resurgence at the beginning of 2024, during the Oscars ceremony.
Interestingly, however, film studios increasingly seem to be avoiding the term “biopic.” While this may seem like a minor semantic issue, it is indicative of a shift in perception of this cinematic genre. Instead of using the label “biographical”, some films prefer to be called “biographical dramas”. This shift may be due in part to the belief that biopics are seen 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 was successful. But Oppenheimer has proven that the genre has lasting appeal when approached with vision and talent.
It is pertinent to note that the success of biographical films does not necessarily correlate with the notoriety 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 $547.4 million worldwide, The Greatest Showman – 54% a musical which reached $435.7 million, and The Wolf Of Wall Street – 78% from Martin Scorsese, who has accumulated $406.8 million.
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In an age where biopics are more recurrent, just look at how Spencer has been released in recent years – 85%, King Richard: a winning family – 88%, The House of Gucci – 73% and above, the market is more competitive. But despite this, Nolan’s latest production showed us that the latter is not an obstacle to standing out from the others. Cillian Murphy’s film is positioned as the best biopic at the box office and promises to be one of the candidates to win more than one Oscar next year.