BARBIE Tops GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 To Land 2023's Biggest Thursday Evening Opening Haul

BARBIE Tops GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 To Land 2023's Biggest Thursday Evening Opening Haul BARBIE Tops GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 To Land 2023's Biggest Thursday Evening Opening Haul

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 scored the biggest Thursday night opening of 2023 back in May, but Barbie has now taken the crown...with a lot more money. Find the latest box office numbers after the jump!

By JoshWilding - Jul 21, 2023 11:07 PM EST
Filed Under: Vol. 3

Life in plastic is undeniably fantastic for Barbie as the Margot Robbie-led movie has greatly exceeded expectations at the box office. As we first reported on, it earned an impressive $23 million from Thursday night previews. 

To put that into context, that's by far the biggest opening night of 2023, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 now a distant second at $17.5 million. This is exactly the sort of result Warner Bros. needed after both Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash bombed earlier this summer. 

It's also worth pointing out that this $23 million haul puts Barbie ahead of recent hits like Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse ($17.4 million), The Batman ($21.6 million), and Avatar: The Way of Water ($17 million). 

Even 2022's biggest movie of the summer, Top Gun: Maverick, failed to reach these heights (it made $17.5 million). 

There's recently been a lot of chatter about "Barbenheimer," but only one movie can win the weekend. Alas, it won't be Christopher Nolan's latest because Oppenheimer opened to a respectable $10.5 million last night. 

What will the weekend look like from here? 

For the time being, estimates are all over the place but projections range from $90 million - $125 million. Warner Bros. is being a little more conservative by predicting a $75 million haul, with a possible $165 million global opening. It's simply too soon to say for sure. Either way, it should be the biggest weekend for a movie directed by a woman, so hats off to the amazing Greta Gerwig.

What will you be watching in theaters this weekend? Sound off in the comments section below.

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Spidey91 - 7/21/2023, 11:05 PM
it's a Barbie world now, we're just living in it.
vectorsigma - 7/21/2023, 11:07 PM
Full imax screenings for oppenheimer since wed, mostly kids. I cant imagine how gen z kids with problems in short attention spans will sit through a 3-hr drama because of the meme. Sheep think is real.
Ha1frican - 7/21/2023, 11:27 PM
@vectorsigma - Gen Z kids watch an entire season of a show in a day lol they don’t have short attention spans they just don’t care about things that aren’t a communal experience
vectorsigma - 7/21/2023, 11:34 PM
@Ha1frican - that's a good point. They watch a whole season in 1 seating while doing other stuff like browsing/chatting in their phones, which they think they can also do in a cinema.
TheHumanSpider2 - 7/21/2023, 11:54 PM
@vectorsigma - You can already see them doing tik toks while "watching" the movie...
vectorsigma - 7/22/2023, 12:21 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - oh im not doubting this. Ive just seen some random kid posting those nude stuff in FB for flex 😅
dragon316 - 7/22/2023, 7:41 AM
@vectorsigma - never saw meme for that movie that’s exactly I would I say in theater if I saw kids in theater see it if I knew what meme was about
Forthas - 7/21/2023, 11:08 PM
This is interesting for Warmer Brothers. The regular film side of the studio headed by Pam Abdi and Mike Deluca is doing gangbusters with an IP no one expected to be significant. They have marketed the hell out of Barbi. While on the other side, the DC studio is flaming out badly. Maybe Deluca or Abdi should be heading up the other side of the movie business at WB.
GhostDog - 7/21/2023, 11:09 PM
Cinema at its finest
ObserverIO - 7/22/2023, 4:46 AM
@GhostDog - It really is.

I think Barbenheimer is my favorite film of the year.

I give it an 8/10.

(seperately I only give Oppenheimer a 7.5/10 and Barbie a 6/10, but together they are more than the sum of their parts. Do Oppy first, otherwise it will suck).
bobevanz - 7/22/2023, 7:09 AM
@ObserverIO - wtf are you talking about lol
ObserverIO - 7/22/2023, 9:08 AM
@bobevanz - Barbenheimer should win Best Picture.
bobevanz - 7/22/2023, 10:15 AM
@ObserverIO - you had me at Heimer
SanFranLand - 7/21/2023, 11:21 PM
That’s awesome. Now we can get a proper Masters of the Universe! Great news that Netflix doesn’t have it anymore. I went to see it in theaters!
Ha1frican - 7/21/2023, 11:26 PM
I actually liked Barbie a lot more than I thought I would. I went in ironically but actually came out thinking it was smart, funny, and overall really fun.
TheWalkingCuban - 7/21/2023, 11:37 PM
Watched Oppenheimer. Great performances.

Spoiler alert:


A couple times 😄
This was me

Th3Batman - 7/21/2023, 11:41 PM
This will easily cross $100 million domestically, likely more.
tmp3 - 7/21/2023, 11:58 PM
Barbie’s good, but Oppenheimer’s the best movie of the year and probably Nolan’s best movie yet too
McMurdo - 7/22/2023, 1:25 AM
@tmp3 - tDK is still his best film IMO and I enjoy Inception more than this but this is easily film of the year.
ObserverIO - 7/22/2023, 4:50 AM
@tmp3 - This should be the one he gets Best Picture for.
ObserverIO - 7/22/2023, 4:57 AM
@McMurdo - For shits and giggles, here's how I rate all Nolan's films:

Following - 5/10
Memento 10/10
Insomnia 7/10
Batman Begins 7.5/10
The Prestige 7/10
The Dark Knight 8/10
Inception 9/10
The Dark Knight Rises 7/10
Interstellar 7/10
Dunkirk 7/10
Tenet 6/10
Oppenheimer 7.5/10
TheHumanSpider2 - 7/21/2023, 11:59 PM
Probably the biggest hit of the year, and Oppenheimer is doing solid numbers too, which proves, AGAIN, if you make a good movie, people will show up, is not about nostalgia, or cameos, or shared universes, is about making quality content.

Anyway, back to Barbie, I havent seen something like this since Endgame, its a movie that everyone, EVERYONE, is aware of, and I've seen a lot of people, adult people, going to see it wearing pink...that's crazy, these are not people who do cosplays or things like that, they just though it was a fun thing to do while watching a fun movie.
Lastly, I think this movie might be funding the entirety of Superman Legacy, lol.
TheUnworthyThor - 7/22/2023, 12:40 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - If only that were actually true, simply being a quality movie does not always equal success.
bobevanz - 7/22/2023, 7:10 AM
@TheUnworthyThor - that's what awards and praise from colleagues are for
TheHumanSpider2 - 7/22/2023, 9:18 AM
@TheUnworthyThor - Depends of you definition of "quality".
TheUnworthyThor - 7/22/2023, 7:09 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - Well yeah you could have an huge sliding scale and moveable goalposts and just say whenever a movie doesn’t do well then it just wasn’t quality and there isn’t anything definitive anyone could say about it since it’s all subjective in that regard. But I would argue that the Dungeons and Dragons that came out this year is great and flopped hard. I thought the last Blade Runner was great had flopped hard. Meanwhile the last Jurassic World was a nostalgia fest and made a billion dollars. So I wish it was just as simple as make a great movie and the people will come.
TheHumanSpider2 - 7/22/2023, 7:38 PM
@TheUnworthyThor - Again, it depend on what you consider "quality", some fans of the original Blade Runner didnt like the sequel, and about general audiences...didnt the original also bombed back in the day?
TheUnworthyThor - 7/22/2023, 8:38 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - Then you’re just reinforcing the idea that all box office hits are quality movies and all box office flops aren’t quality movies. Sorry It’s A Wonderful life you suck. Ditto to you Willy Wonka. And The Shawshank Redemption what a garbage movie.

My point is quality movies flop all the time. All the time. And let’s questionable movies like Transformers and Fast & Furious and The Lion King “live action” remake make piles sometimes. I just think it would be nice if quality just meant success.
Truoptimusprime - 7/22/2023, 12:00 AM
The reason Mattel really canceled Masters of the Universe with Netflix is because Barbie is gonna make a couple billion dollars, and they want to do the same with Masters of the Universe.
ObserverIO - 7/22/2023, 5:05 AM
@Truoptimusprime - There was such a missed opportunity in this film with regards to motu. In the movie Mattel reference a previous incident when one of their creations came to earth from an alternate universe 10 years ago, they could and should ahve slipped in a reference to 1987's Masters of the Universe movie there by adding "And He-Man in 1987".

In a weird way it's the same plot. Both Barbie and He-Man come from their alternate dimensions into modern day California with their entourage and then return to their dimensions with some humans for the climactic battle sequence.
TempleRod - 7/22/2023, 12:03 AM
Good for WB.
As frustrating as they are at times, ultimately, they are the practical keepers of Superman and DC's ongoing legacy.
Any win for them is a WIN for us.
Good news Indeed.
Spidey91 - 7/22/2023, 12:07 AM
now do Max Steel. and not that modern Blue Beetle knock-off, the OG one with the Terminator-looking dude as the bad guy.
GeneralZod - 7/22/2023, 12:08 AM
Margot. Robbie.
AmazingFILMporg - 7/22/2023, 12:35 AM
Barbie being woke and being a hit is proof audiences love wokeness🙋🙃😎🔥💪🤝💯
TheWalkingCuban - 7/22/2023, 2:12 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - or that different audiences, love different things, dang, it’s not all black and white. Don’t forget transracial.
marvel72 - 7/22/2023, 6:18 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - Let's see what the movie makes first, everyone could see it over the weekend and then it dies a death. Also you take one woke movie and say general audiences love wokeness but what about all the other woke movies that failed at the box office.

Reeds2Much - 7/22/2023, 1:00 AM
Always being right is rough on my modesty.
McMurdo - 7/22/2023, 1:24 AM
Barbie is Greta Gerwig's worst film. Easily. Going from Little Women and Lady Bird to this is YIKES. TOTALLY on board with the ultimate message....completely botched execution. Terrible dialogue. I wish I laughed like 3 times. Gosling is the only good part about the film and played the villain well but Jesus Christ was that a hard film to get thru.
AmazingFILMporg - 7/22/2023, 1:33 AM
@McMurdo -

Sucks you didn't like it.

Audiences, critics and the boxoffice loves this movie😎
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