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.
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)