Cillian Murphy Defeats Margot Robbie Ahead of the Much Anticipated Oscar Battle Between Oppenheimer and Barbie

Cillian Murphy’s ‘Oppenheimer’ defeats ‘Barbie’ ahead of the Oscars.

Cillian Murphy Defeats Margot Robbie Ahead of the Much Anticipated Oscar Battle Between Oppenheimer and Barbie


  • Both films were released on the same day, with Barbie initially outperforming Oppenheimer at the global box office.
  • However, Oppenheimer is now winning in terms of video on demand (VOD) sales.
  • Warner Bros released Barbie as a form of revenge against Christopher Nolan, who had cut ties with the studio and produced Oppenheimer with Universal.
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While Hollywood studios went to a standstill with the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the theatrical side of the business exploded, with Barbenheimer. Margot Robbie’s Barbie and Cillian Murphy’s Oppenheimer made a historical moment by blowing the box office despite being released on the same day. 

Cillian Murphy in a still from Oppenheimer
Cillian Murphy

While Greta Gerwig’s Barbie toppled Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer in the global box office run, the historical epic featuring Cillian Murphy appears to be now winning differently. Despite failing to outperform Barbie, Oppenheimer is now defeating the movie with its VOD sales. 

Also read: Christopher Nolan’s Demand Was Rebuffed by His Production Designer That Saved Thousands of Dollars in Oppenheimer


Barbie Toppled Oppenheimer at The Global Box Office 

Christopher Nolan has often worked with Warner Bros following their association during The Dark Knight trilogy. However, after the release of Tenet, the acclaimed filmmaker felt that he was betrayed by the studio and therefore cut all ties with them. Further, he went ahead with Universal Studios to produce his 2023 summer blockbuster, Oppenheimer

Margot Robbie in Barbie
Margot Robbie‘s Barbie won the box office battle against Oppenheimer

As a result, Warner Bros took things personally and came up with Greta Gerwig‘s Barbie featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. Seeking a sort of revenge on Christopher Nolan, Warner Bros released Barbie on the same day as Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Waging a box office war, Barbie won over Oppenheimer

A still from Barbie
Barbie made $1.4B while Oppenheimer made $950M

Warner Bros.’ Barbie made a domestic opening of $155M, with $182M abroad, while Universal’s Oppenheimer did $80.5M domestic and another $93.7M abroad. Further, after months of running in theatres, Margot Robbie’s film grossed $1.4B worldwide, while Cillian Murphy’s historical epic made $950M worldwide. 


Also read: “I can’t imagine what would be next”: Margot Robbie Breaks Silence on Barbie 2 as Mattel Aims to Start its Own MCU

Cillian Murphy Defeats Margot Robbie In VOD Sales

However, now the tables appear to have turned in favor of Cillian Murphy‘s Oppenheimer, as the historical epic proceeds to defeat Margot Robbie’s Barbie in a different battle, ahead of the Oscars. According to reports shared by Deadline, Murphy’s film beats Barbie in weekend premiere VOD viewership. 

Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer
Cillian Murph’s Oppenheimer defeated Barbie ahead of the Oscars

According to reports, although Barbie defeated her late-summer rival Oppenheimer, at the box office, the father of the atomic bomb wins in a face-off in homes. Universal title on VOD drew 388K, while Warner Bros’ movie pulled 363K on its opening weekend on VOD. This major disparity in VOD sales between Barbie and Oppenheimer appears to have originated due to demography. 

Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer drew 388K while Barbie drew 363K on VOD sales

As per reports, more people with purchasing capabilities are opting for Cillian Murphy’s movie over Margot Robbie‘s Box Office winner. It has been claimed that Barbie won the box office run, since youngsters filled the theatres, while Oppenheimer is winning the VOD sales since mature audiences with purchasing power are investing in the historical epic. 

Read more: “He’s a scene-stealer in it”: One Oppenheimer Star May Have Outshone Robert Downey Jr, Cillian Murphy According to Fans


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