‘Barbenheimer’ nets combined $235 million during opening weekend 

Two highly-anticipated summer movies were huge weekend box office successes.

Both “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” were critically acclaimed and huge online sensations, with combined ticket sales of $235 million since Friday. according to Recent Comscore data.

“Barbie” reportedly grossed $155 million at the box office in its first three days of its theatrical release, while “Oppenheimer” grossed $80 million in ticket sales during the same period.

Director Greta Gerwig’s comedy “Barbie” explores patriarchy, gender roles and American politics with a fictionalized portrayal of the life and personality of the popular child doll.

Directed by Hollywood maestro Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer is a behind-the-scenes look at the Manhattan Project in the 1940s, telling the story of the atomic bombing of Japan by the United States towards the end of World War II.

Both films, which were marketed together using the nickname “Babenheimer”, were made during a turbulent time for filmmakers and theaters, many of whom are still struggling to bounce back from the economic woes of the coronavirus pandemic.

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