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“Which side are you on?”: Internet’s Taking Sides in Upcoming ‘Oppenheimer vs Barbie’ War as July Release Date Nears

"Which side are you on?": Internet's Taking Sides in Upcoming 'Oppenheimer vs Barbie' War as July Release Date Nears

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.

Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer

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.

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in Barbie

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.

Greta Gerwig ( thrid from left) and Christopher Nolan ( fifth from left) will go head to head on July 21st

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.

Also Read: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ is the Movie Jordan Peele is Most Excited About in 2023, Says: “The talent is incredible”

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Written by Sharanya Sankar

Sharanya is a mom, bookworm, and cinephile. Having completed her Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, writing is one of her passions. When she is not running behind her 11 and 9 year old, she spends her time watching and blogging about movies. She enjoys a range of genres from Indian mass entertainers to Hollywood and world cinema. Her interests also include analyzing pop culture in movies and music.