Barbie and Oppenheimer proved to be successful yet again this weekend despite competition from Disney’s Haunted Mansion.
Barbenheimer Continues Strong
As per Box Office Mojo, Barbie and Oppenheimer held onto their respective first and second-place spots from last weekend. Barbie dropped 43% from its opening weekend, making $93 Million this weekend. This brings its total to $351 Million domestically and $774 Million worldwide.
Oppenheimer dropped 44%, making $46.2 Million this weekend. It’s now at a total of $174 Million domestically and $400.3 Million worldwide.
Haunted Mansion Fails To Connect
Haunted Mansion simply didn’t connect with audiences this weekend. The movie brought in only $24.2 Million this weekend. With a production budget of $158 Million (which doesn’t include marketing and advertising costs); this is another financial failure for Disney who’s seen a string of failures this year at the Box Office. Even across the weekend, the movie saw a 19% drop from Friday to Saturday’s box office, and from Saturday to Sunday it saw a 21% drop. Undoubtebly it will keep declining in the days and weeks to come.
Disney does have the option of putting their movies on Disney+ which may help the movie somewhat, but it’s doubtful that such a move will get it anywhere close to getting its budget back.
Rounding Out The Box Office
The controversial film, Sound Of Freedom saw a 37% drop in its box office revenue and landed it in the fourth place spot. With its controversial ‘Pay It Forward’ campaign encouraging viewers to buy up tickets for others. This has led to empty theatres despite reportedly sold-out theatres. Clearly, this campaign is starting to lose steam, or people are realizing there are better ways to spend their money. Regardless, its decline at the box office seems to indicate that the movie is on its way out.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One rounded out the Top 5. Interestingly it saw a 44% drop over last weekend whereas after its opening weekend two weeks ago it saw a 64% drop in box office earnings. So perhaps people are now getting around to watching it after seeing Barbie and Oppenheimer. It’s doubtful that at its total earnings thus far of $448 Million worldwide that its likely to be considered profitable. Considering marketing and advertising costs; as well as the cut that theatres take. The movie would need to make roughly $800 Million at least to be considered profitable.
Next week sees the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. Will it have enough moves to oust Barbie and Oppenheimer? Check back next week to find out!
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