Gran Turismo and Barbie : “Gran Turismo” and “Barbie” are tied for first at the box office. Early data suggests the video game version slightly leads Greta Gerwig’s hit by $200,000. Jeff Goldstein from Warner Bros. believes “Barbie” won the weekend, despite Sony’s $3.9 million from “Gran Turismo” previews.
“Gran Turismo” made $17.3 million over the weekend, while “Barbie” made $17.1 million. The final ticket count on Monday may affect these numbers.
On Sunday, U.S. theaters celebrated National Cinema Day with $4 tickets. This may explain why more people saw “Barbie” than usual.
Barbie” earned $594.8 million in the U.S., surpassing “The Super Mario Bros. Movie. The movie earned $1.34 billion globally, near the top spot.
Warner Bros. predicts “Barbie” will earn $7.8 million on Sunday, with an estimated 2 million viewers.
Sony’s choice to include “Gran Turismo” pre-Thursday views in the weekend total has reignited debates on Hollywood’s definition of an opening weekend. Viewers have enjoyed the movie, giving it an “A” CinemaScore.
Actors and screenwriters are on strike, making movie promotion difficult. Sony showcased “Gran Turismo” previews and hosted fan events for a few weeks.
According to Paul Dergarabedian from Comscore, “Barbie” will remain a global hit regardless of this weekend’s outcome. He said the crowd was Sony’s way of promoting the movie due to the star’s absence.
The movie “Blue Beetle” dropped to third place this weekend with $12.8 million after being the top earner last week. “Oppenheimer” by Christopher Nolan is fourth with $9 million.
MGM’s “Bottoms,” with a limited release, made an average of $51,600 per spot and was among the other movies released this weekend. “Retribution,” with Liam Neeson, started at $3.3 million. “The Hill” earned $2.38 million, while “Golda” earned $1.9 million in its first week.
The NA box office is about to reach a major milestone. Summer sales are $70 million away from $4 billion, raising hope for the first time since 2019. Despite the poor performance of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” and “Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning, Part 1,” movies like “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” have been successful