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Box Office Report: Think Pink

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | August 7, 2023 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | August 7, 2023 |


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Boy, those ‘go woke, go broke’ creeps are all super quiet this weekend. Funny that. It’s almost like their entire BS grift relies on moving the goalposts over and over again just to qualify. In unrelated news, Barbie is still atop the U.S. box office with a total domestic intake of $459.3 million. It’s also just crossed $1 billion worldwide, making Greta Gerwig the first female solo director to hit that number. I wondered when it premiered if it could overtake The Super Mario Bros. Movie to become the highest-grossing film of 2023. That seemed like a tough call since the Nintendo/Illumination animation has $1.3 billion in the bank. But now? I think Barbie can easily take the top spot. It’s a true phenomenon.

And so is Oppenheimer. Sure, its current domestic gross of $228.5 million might seem paltry in comparison, but consider that it’s made more than Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One (currently $151 million domestic), Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny ($170.6 million), and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts ($157 million.) It’s already the ninth highest-grossing movie of 2023 so far, an adult drama that many thought would struggle to get people into the cinema for three hours. The movies are back, kids.

There were also other non-Barbenheimer films in the cinema this past weekend. Meg 2: The Trench had terrible reviews but opened to an okay $30 million. That’s better than Disney’s Haunted Mansion earned in its opening last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, which opened at number four, also made more than Haunted Mansion’s opening, with a $28 million premiere gross.

In limited release news: the comedy Shortcomings earned $316,403 from 404 theaters; musical biopic Dreamin’ Wild brought in $129,360 from 402 locations; the annual CatVideoFest has $115,500 to its name (meow.); the indie drama Passages was slapped with an NC-17 rating but still saw a respectable $64,069 from three locations; acclaimed comedy Shiva Baby received a mini re-release to add an extra $10,186 to its gross.

This coming week sees the release of alien indie comedy Jules, the wide release of Passages (insert joke here), and the Dracula horror The Last Voyage of the Demeter.

You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.