In July, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer continued to dominate the box office, contributing to a record-breaking $217M weekend. Barbie, a Warner Bros. blockbuster, had a colorful second weekend with earnings of $93M, bringing its domestic total to a massive $351M. Worldwide, it has grossed $774M and shows no signs of slowing down. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer, a Universal production, also demonstrated remarkable staying power, earning $46M in its second weekend for a domestic total of $173.6M and worldwide earnings of $400M. What’s impressive about Oppenheimer is that it is a 3-hour, R-rated drama without flashy effects or big-name stars. Let’s explore how this may affect Haunted Mansion.
Two horror films, Disney’s Haunted Mansion remake and A24’s Talk to Me, opened this week. The Haunted Mansion earned $24M, similar to the earnings of the 2003 Eddie Murphy vehicle based on the Disneyland attraction. Talk to Me, on the other hand, exceeded expectations with earnings of $10M, surpassing its $4.5M budget.
Sound of Freedom came in at No. 4 with a $12M weekend, bringing its domestic total to an impressive $150M. This surpasses Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 ($140M) and is just behind Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny ($167M) and Elemental ($144M), which is unexpected.
This week, the highly anticipated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Mutant Mayhem animated feature will be released. The question remains whether this new animated film will be enough to dethrone Barbie and/or Oppenheimer from their box office success.