Oppenheimer vs. Barbie: Who Opened Up Stronger Rating-Wise?

Oppenheimer vs. Barbie: Who Opened Up Stronger Rating-Wise?
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Gerwig’s bright-pink comedy adventure and Nolan’s grim and dark existential biopic are both out now — let’s see who has the gold in the audience’s hearts so far!

Barbenheimer is a brilliant idea and a fun meme, but we all know that there are two separate movies that just came out. Even though their rivalry has long turned into a joking one and many people are set to watch them both, there’s still the question of who’s going to perform stronger — Christopher Nolan or Greta Gerwig?

We don’t need to wait until Monday to accurately predict that in terms of box office revenue, Barbie will likely be far ahead of Oppenheimer. With its cheerful vibe, broader audience, and lower age rating, Gerwig’s movie is set to hit the bank big time; Nolan’s film, on the other hand, will likely attract less of the general public.

We’ll still be curious to see just how wide the box office revenue between the two will be, but only for scientific purposes; the final result is as obvious as it possibly gets.

We’re more interested in the audience’s reactions to the two movies. Going to watch a film is one thing; leaving a positive review is a whole different story. Since it’s only been one day from the double-feature release, we can only get a sneak peek at the first viewers’ reactions, but keep in mind, those are the most hyped-up people.

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie opened up really strong: as of now, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling ’s bright-pink adventure is holding an 89% critics score and a 90% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. This is a great result that sets the movie up for an even greater future, especially when coupled with Barbie’s insane marketing strategy.

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Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, however, managed to outperform Barbie and Ken’s story. Currently, the 3-hour-long biopic is sitting on a 93% critics score and a 95% audience score which is genuinely amazing; also, this is a new personal record for director Nolan as no other movie of his has started off so strong.

Once again, we now only have the reviews of the viewers who are mostly biased toward their respective movies — these are the guys who rushed into their local theaters the moment the two films came out. We’ll have to wait a bit to see how the scores adjust, but right now, it seems like both Barbie and Oppenheimer are doing phenomenally well.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes 1,2