Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer entered the history of the box office.
The film — which just this month became the third biggest box office triumph of 2023 — has now gone where no biopic has gone before, grossing over $912 million worldwide during its theatrical run, according to Box Office Mojo.
As a result, the film following the journey of J. Robert Oppenheimer became the highest-grossing biopic of all time, surpassing 2018’s. Czech rhapsody, which alone earned $910 million globally. The latter film chronicled the rise to fame of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
Oppenheimer still not the biggest movie of the year, as that title goes to Greta Gerwig Barbiewhich was released on the same day and has since crossed $1.4 billion internationally.
Oppenheimer put Nolan, 53, even further into the history books. It is his biggest theatrical success since 2012 The Dark Knight Riseswhich itself exceeded the global mark of one billion dollars.
‘Oppenheimer’ exceeds 900 million dollars at the worldwide box office
The milestone comes after it was announced earlier on Monday that the film, which stars Cillian Murphy as the title character, had crossed the $900 million mark.
While he surpassed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as for the 2023 numbers, it’s still behind Barbie and Super Mario Bros. Movie for the year’s highest-grossing efforts.
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Part of the film’s success can be attributed to the fan-coined “Barbenheimer” phenomenon, with audiences watching both Oppenheimer and Barbie after the July 21st release date. Box Office Mojo also considers that weekend to be the biggest at the cinema in 2023 so far.
Oppenheimer — based on the book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin — also stars Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett and David Krumholtz. It follows a Manhattan Project scientist during the creation of the atomic bomb in the midst of World War II.
“For Oppenheimer to cross the $900 million global mark after just nine weeks in theaters is a remarkable achievement, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst at Comscore. Diversity. “It shows how an incredible film with a superstar director and an all-star cast can turn a three-hour historical epic into a blockbuster mainstream hit.”
“Those last few miles of any theater ride are the hardest,” he added. “But at this point, […] it’s a total winner regardless of the final outcome.”