‘Barbie’ movie debut shines even brighter as final tally rises

By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Barbie’s record-breaking debut at cinemas over the weekend landed higher than initial estimates with $162 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada, distributor Warner Bros said on Monday.

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The final Friday to Sunday tally for the “Barbie” movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling was slightly higher than the $155 million the studio estimated on Sunday.

“Barbie” is the No.1 movie of the year based on domestic opening weekend sales, beating the $146.4 million haul for April release “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.”

Director Greta Gerwig’s take on the Mattel Inc doll also added $194.3 million in 63 international markets for a global debut of $356.3 million.

“Barbie” faced off against director Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” in a box office battle dubbed “Barbenheimer.”

Final numbers also rose for “Oppenheimer.” The story of the making of the atomic bomb brought in $82.4 million in the United States and Canada from Friday through Sunday, up from the earlier estimate of $80.5 million.

In 78 international markets, “Oppenheimer” collected nearly $98.0 million for a global total of $180.4 million.

Both movies beat expectations and helped the U.S. and Canadian box office surpass $300 million for just the fourth time in history.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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