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Oppenheimer becomes the biggest hit in history for a biopic

Oppenheimer stronger than Freddie Mercury

When Christopher Nolan left Warner Bros. Studios. in 2021 for Universal Studios, no one would have imagined that the separation could be so advantageous for the British-American filmmaker. With a budget of $100 million, half less than the budget of Principle (2020), his biopic about physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer could also appear as a transition filmafter a series of highly successful blockbusters.

J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) - Oppenheimer
J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) РOppenheimer ©Universal Pictures

But it’s not for nothing that Christopher Nolan is one of the most acclaimed contemporary filmmakers, on the contrary Oppenheimer it far exceeded expectations, also benefiting from its emulation Barbie breaking records and reaching the top of the box office. Two months after its release, Oppenheimer it has indeed become the greatest success in history for a biopicexceeding the finish line previously set by Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018.

The Freddie Mercury biopic had indeed piled up $910 million of global box office receipts. From Monday 18 September 2023, Oppenheimer displays worldwide revenue of $912 million.

The billion (and the Joker) in sight?

Biggest global box office success for a biopic, currently Christopher Nolan’s third biggest performance, behind The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084 billion in revenue) and The dark Knight ($1.006 billion in revenue). Overcoming the second work of the Batman trilogy would mean exceeding the symbolic threshold of one billion, and it would bring Oppenheimer of another record: become the biggest hit in history for a film R class.

Indeed, Oppenheimer currently is the second film R class the most profitable in history. He’s behind Joker by Todd Phillips, which concluded its theatrical run with $1.074 billion of global box office receipts.

Oppenheimer can it surpass the one billion threshold? It is not impossible, but the prospect is still distant. If he ever succeeds and, even better, if he overcomes Jokerit would therefore become the greatest success for a film in history R classhistorical biopic and production outside of franchise or saga.

Source: Cine Serie

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