In its latest milestone, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has passed the $900M mark worldwide. The estimated total through Friday is $903M, including $586M from the international box office. With Saturday and Sunday numbers, that global cume is projected to reach $912M. This will make it the highest grossing biopic ever at the global box office, ahead of Bohemian Rhapsody.
Oppenheimer is expected to gross $10M from 83 offshore markets this session, reaching $593M through Sunday. It is the biggest Nolan film of all time at the international box office when restated to today’s dollars.
The Universal title is already the No. 3 movie of the year globally and internationally (behind only Barbie and The Super Mario Bros Movie). Topping the nine-century benchmark is an astounding feat for a three-hour R-rated drama.
This is Nolan’s third-biggest film ever globally, behind The Dark Knight Rises and The Dark Knight. Overseas, it is Nolan’s second-biggest in reported grosses behind just TDKR. Also offshore, Oppenheimer is now Nolan’s highest-grossing film in 64 markets, including the UK where it has now surpassed Dunkirk.
Led by Cillian Murphy, the film boasts a stellar cast including Robert Downey Jr, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Kenneth Branagh, Benny Safdie, Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke among many others.
It began overseas rollout on July 19 with domestic joining on July 21. Since then, it has enjoyed massive play. Last weekend, its eighth in release, saw a drop of 52% as summer drew to a close in many markets.
Oppenheimer’s Top Five offshore markets through Friday are the UK ($72.6M), China ($50M), Germany ($47.5M), France ($41.3M) and Australia ($26.2M).
Also, big hat tip here to Universal which has now crossed $4B at the global box office, only the second studio to the milestone in 2023. It is also only the third time any studio has reached the mark since 2019 and the fourth time Universal has passed $4B (2015, 2017, 2018, 2023).
Universal has released three of the top five films this year globally to date. Oppenheimer is the studio’s 12th biggest movie ever worldwide and its biggest non-franchise film of all time.
Internationally, Uni has released three of the top four films this year. Oppenheimer is the 11th biggest Uni title of all time overseas.