The box office battle continues, and it seems that “Barbie” is holding its ground despite fierce competition. For the second consecutive weekend, “Barbie” has been narrowly beaten at the box office, but the fact that its competitors are barely surpassing it speaks volumes about the film’s success and popularity.
The latest movie to hit theaters this weekend was “Gran Turismo,” a film based on the popular video game. It tells the true story of how a gamer transformed into a professional race car driver, all through the power of a controller. While “Gran Turismo” took first place at the box office, earning $17.3 million domestically, “Barbie” was not far behind, with $17.1 million in earnings.
This close competition indicates that audiences are still flocking to see “Barbie” and its star-studded cast, including Archie Madekwe, David Harbour, and Orlando Bloom, even after five weeks of its release. It is evident that “Barbie” has incredible staying power and continues to dominate the box office.
Last week, another Warner Bros. release, the superhero film “Blue Beetle,” managed to dethrone “Barbie” from the top spot, albeit by a narrow margin. “Blue Beetle” earned around $25 million during its debut weekend, only $4 million to $5 million more than “Barbie” did during the same weekend. Despite losing its top spot, “Barbie” still performed exceptionally well, and it is highly likely to continue its success in the coming weeks.
Looking ahead, several upcoming blockbusters will have a chance to compete with “Barbie.” These include “The Equalizer 3” starring Denzel Washington on September 1, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3” and “The Nun II” on September 8, and finally, “A Haunting in Venice” on September 15. However, with even more heavyweight films set to release in October, it is expected that “Barbie” may slide down a few positions in the rankings.
In conclusion, “Barbie” has undeniably become the smash hit of the year so far, raking in substantial ticket sales and solidifying its position as a box office juggernaut. The success of a movie about a doll is surprising, but it goes to show the enduring appeal and popularity of the Barbie brand. As for when “Barbie” will be available on streaming services, Warner Bros. doesn’t appear to be in any rush, considering the film’s ongoing success at the box office.
In a year filled with highly anticipated movies and fierce competition, “Barbie” has managed to captivate audiences and become a standout success. It proves that sometimes, even the most unexpected films can capture the hearts of moviegoers and dominate the box office. Only time will tell how long “Barbie” will continue its reign, but for now, it remains the king of the 2023 box office.