In a surprising turn of events, the latest DC Universe offering, Blue Beetle, claimed the top spot at the domestic box office with a modest opening of $25.4 million. While this figure is higher than Wonder Woman 1984’s $16.7 million and slightly lower than The Suicide Squad’s $26.2 million, it falls short of other DCEU films. Notably, it couldn’t match Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ $30.1 million. Blue Beetle’s lackluster performance is especially highlighted when compared to Barbie, which earned $21.5 million and solidified its position as Warner Bros.’s highest-grossing movie of all time with a domestic total of $567 million and a worldwide cumulative of $1.279 billion.
Blue Beetle Surpasses Barbie
Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer continued to perform well, adding $10.6 million to its box office revenue. The film has now amassed $285.2 million domestically and $717.8 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film that never reached the top spot at the domestic box office. It currently ranks as the fifth highest-grossing R-rated film of all time globally, trailing behind hits like Joker, Deadpool 2, Deadpool, and The Matrix Reloaded. With its upcoming performance, it is poised to become Nolan’s third highest-grossing feature, surpassing the worldwide total of his film Inception.
Other notable films at the domestic box office include the R-rated comedy Strays, featuring the voices of Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx, which struggled with a disappointing $8.3 million debut. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film saw a decline in its third week, earning $8.4 million and reaching a total of $88.1 million. The Meg 2: The Trench experienced a similar drop, bringing in $6.7 million and accumulating $66.5 million in three weeks. A24’s Talk to Me earned $3.15 million, bringing its total to $37.3 million, while Disney’s Haunted Mansion added $3 million, reaching a total of $58.8 million. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One earned $2.72 million and has now made a total of $164.6 million. Finally, the film Last Voyage of the Demeter earned $2.5 million, placing it in the tenth spot.
Overall, Blue Beetle’s ascent to the top of the box office was noteworthy, but its opening figures pale in comparison to other DCEU films. Barbie remains a formidable force, becoming Warner Bros.’s highest-grossing movie, while Oppenheimer continues to perform strongly, inching its way to becoming one of Christopher Nolan’s most successful films. With each passing week, the box office landscape continues to evolve, as films experience fluctuations in audience reception and financial success.