The Big Picture
- Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan’s thrilling drama, is on track to become the highest-grossing US movie never to reach the top spot at the box office.
- Sing, which previously achieved great success, faced tough competition from Rogue One and Hidden Figures.
- Despite this competition, Oppenheimer has grossed over $270 million in just four weeks and continues to sell out IMAX screenings. Box office rankings may not matter to Nolan as long as his film reaches audiences.
Oppenheimer, the immensely successful and critically acclaimed dramatic thriller directed by Christopher Nolan, has now achieved a significant milestone in US theatrical history. It is set to surpass Sing, released in 2016, and become the highest-grossing domestic movie ever to never reach the top spot at the box office. One could argue that Oppenheimer owes part of its success to the presence of Barbie alongside it. Nevertheless, the film has grossed over $270 million in just four weeks since its release.
Sing previously enjoyed tremendous commercial success upon its release, but its success was hindered by strong competition in theaters. First, it faced off against Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which went on to gross $534.9 million domestically and claim the top spot. Then, as Sing showed its staying power, it was once again prevented from reaching number one by Hidden Figures, the sleeper hit about the mathematicians behind the first moon landing. However, don’t feel too bad for Sing—it ended up grossing $634.2 million worldwide, a figure that Oppenheimer is now set to surpass.
Oppenheimer still has a long way to go to claim the top spot in the “never hit number one” race worldwide. The film needs to gross over $902,548,476 to surpass The Battle at Lake Changjin, a Chinese film that had a limited release in the US and Canada. However, it will have some company in the top ten, as another Nolan film, Interstellar, also opened in second place in 2014 against Disney’s Big Hero 6. Interestingly, Interstellar ended up outgrossing Big Hero 6 by $20 million worldwide.
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