The summer of 2023 in Hollywood is all set to be scorching and it’s not just the weather that’s responsible. It’s the season when many major commercial blockbusters will play tug of war for top honors at the box office. July 21st will see a peak in the summer heat with two massive movies going head to head. Christopher Nolan’s magnum opus Oppenheimer will challenge Greta Gerwig’s Barbie for box office supremacy.
Both films have unique selling points that put them in contention for the top spot. A Nolan film is always a unique experience and his ensemble cast includes Hollywood royalty like Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr, Matt Damon, Rami Malek, Florence Pugh, and others along with Cillian Murphy playing the titular role. Greta Gerwig meanwhile has her star power with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling pairing up for the roles of Barbie and Ken. With both films being two of the most anticipated projects of the year, the war of the fans has commenced in full swing with support for both films trending on the internet.
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The Battle Of The Fans Is Real With Barbie And Oppenheimer
With the extraordinary hype that has been intrinsically created by the release date of Barbie and Oppenheimer, netizens are having a field day taking sides to support their favorite film of the summer. “Whose side are you on”? seems to be the catchphrase as fans from both camps are trending on the internet as they make their summer pick. While some have been neutral and have stated that they are on board to see and enjoy both films, others have established their preferences between Nolan and Gerwig’s directorial ventures.
Barbie is gonna Beach Off Oppenheimer
— Craig Benson (@Craigle42) April 14, 2023
The kids, teens, and adult-teens will flock to barbie, the "cultured"😉 will see oppenheimer. Both will do good but barbie will edge it in the ratings
— Jason R Lloyd💀✒ (@JRLloyd7) April 14, 2023
I'm sorry, Barbie, but competing with Christopher Nolan is risky 😅
— Ikechi🦁 (@Caspain_) April 14, 2023
#Barbie is gonna break the box office, but I'm pretty sure that "OPPENHEIMER" will have a great run as well.
— Alejandro (@UcetaAl) April 14, 2023
Oppenheimer wins the battle
— ARJUN⁴ 🦊 (@Arjun_0343) April 14, 2023
There's 60 Barbies. Only 1 Oppenheimer. He needs the support. 😄
— 🎥 Paul-B Loves Movies 📺 (@Paul_Berney) April 14, 2023
"1 ticket to the Barbie movie, please" pic.twitter.com/2WJPymsE1t
— VrtualRealityTurtle 🍥 (@VRTurtle) April 14, 2023
Different target audiences. Shouldn’t have much impact on either’s box office.
— Shannon Nutt (@ShannonNutt) April 14, 2023
Fuck Oppenheimer, all my homies hate Oppenheimer.
We riding pink for Ken for life, believe that pic.twitter.com/eBQPLBESpL
— Lazy Theologian (@MercurialFunk) April 14, 2023
— Prabhat Bose (প্রভাত বোস) 🇮🇳 (@PrabhatBose15) April 15, 2023
there is no war, I will go both of them.
— Salih (@Azlaaz1337) April 15, 2023
Personally, Oppenheimer would be the one I'll start watching first. pic.twitter.com/WusQkGH6uR
— Jero Gomez Robledo (@JeroGR528491) April 14, 2023
With the battle of the fans adding to the existing hype of both films, the gigantic clash between Christopher Nolan and Greta Gerwig just got even more interesting and intriguing.
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How Oppenheimer and Barbie Could Benefit Theaters
It’s not always that two extremely high-profile films from prolific directors coordinate their release dates. Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer and Greta Gerwig’s Barbie will clash for supremacy on July 21st, 2023. While fans of each movie are clear about their support, many others are conflicted about which film they will watch first over the weekend.
On a purely analytical level, Oppenheimer and Barbie releasing on the same date could be the best thing to happen for the theater business according to Jared Comess, vice president of marketing and public relations at Paragon Entertainment Group. A serious historical drama going up against a comedy based on a popular kid’s toy is diametrically different genres. While this could spill the audiences, it also ensures that there are options for all types of audiences who will flock to the cinema halls. This in turn could greatly benefit the theaters financially.
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