The DC superhero movie “Blue Beetle” led weekend ticket gross sales with a modest $25.4 million opening, based on studio estimates Sunday, dethroning “Barbie” from the highest spot after a record-setting run that left film theatres colored pink for a month.
The “Barbie” phenomenon is much from over. Greta Gerwig’s movie, which earlier this week grew to become the highest-grossing Warner Bros.launch ever domestically, practically managed to remain No. 1 once more with $21.5 million in its fifth weekend. It is as much as $567.3 million in North America and an eye-popping $1.28 billion globally.
The opposite half of “Barbenheimer” additionally continues to carry out remarkably effectively for a film up to now into its run. Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” took in $10.6 million in its fifth week. With a $285.2 million home complete, “Oppenheimer” now owns the excellence of being the most important box-office hit by no means to land No. 1 on the weekend field workplace. The earlier record-holder for that unlikely stat is 2016’s “Sing,” which grossed $270.3 million within the shadow of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Hidden Figures.”
Common Photos’ “Oppenheimer” has performed even higher abroad. Its international gross stands at an estimated $717.8 million by Sunday.
“Blue Beetle,” starring Xolo Mariduena, got here in on the decrease aspect of expectations and notched one of many decrease debuts for a DC Comics film. Although earlier deliberate as a streaming-only launch, Warner Bros. elected to place “Blue Beetle,” the primary DC film to star a Latino superhero, into theatres within the late summer season, a sometimes quiet interval on the field workplace.
The manufacturing price ticket of about $105 million was decrease for “Blue Beetle” than the typical superhero movie. It is one of many final releases produced underneath an earlier regime at DC Studios, which James Gunn and Peter Safran took the reins of final yr.

The movie, directed by Angel Manuel Soto and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, drew strong evaluations – definitely higher than the three earlier DC releases this yr (“The Flash,” “Black Adam” and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”). “Blue Beetle” (76% recent on Rotten Tomatoes) is the uncommon comic-book movie to place a Hispanic solid entrance and centre.
However it additionally confronted some robust luck, and never simply within the sudden endurance of “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer.” Southern California was bracing Sunday for Hurricane Hilary – probably dampening ticket gross sales within the area. (Los Angeles was nonetheless its prime market.) And like current releases, “Blue Beetle,” which added $18 million internationally, did not have its solid out there to advertise the film because of the ongoing actors’ strike.
Common’s raunchy R-rated canine comedy “Strays” confirmed even much less chunk. The movie, with a voice solid together with Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx, landed in fifth place with $8.4 million. Comedies have usually struggled in theatres in recent times, however “Strays” had it significantly tough on condition that its starry solid was unavailable.
“Strays” was very narrowly bested by “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.” The Paramount Photos animated launch earned $8.4 million in its third weekend, bringing its home complete to $88.1 million.
Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday by Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, based on Comscore. Closing home figures might be launched Monday.
1. “Blue Beetle,” $25.4 million.
2. “Barbie,” $21.5 million.
3. “Oppenheimer,” $10.6 million.
4. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,” $8.4 million.
5. “Strays,” $8.3 million.
6. “Meg 2: The Trench,” $6.7 million.
7. “Talk to Me,” $3.2 million.
8. “Haunted Mansion,” $3 million.
9. “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” $2.7 million.
10. “The Last Voyage of the Demeter,” $2.5 million.