The DC superhero movie “Blue Beetle” led weekend ticket gross sales with a modest $25.4 million opening, in line with studio estimates Sunday, dethroning “Barbie” from the highest spot after a record-setting run that left film theaters coloured pink for a month.

The “Barbie” phenomenon is way from over. Greta Gerwig’s movie, which earlier this week grew to become the very best grossing Warner Bros. launch ever domestically, almost 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 to date 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 finished even higher abroad. Its world gross stands at an estimated $717.8 million by means of Sunday.

“Blue Beetle,” starring Xolo Maridueña, came in on the lower side of expectations and notched one of the lower debuts for a DC Comics movie. Though earlier planned as a streaming-only release, Warner Bros. elected to put “Blue Beetle,” the first DC movie to star a Latino superhero, into theaters in the late summer, a typically quiet period at the box office.

The production price tag of about $105 million was lower for “Blue Beetle” than the average superhero film. It’s one of the last releases produced under an earlier regime at DC Studios, which James Gunn and Peter Safran took the reins of last year.

The film, directed by Ángel Manuel Soto and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, drew solid reviews – certainly better than the three previous DC releases this year (“The Flash,” “Black Adam” and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”). “Blue Beetle” (76% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) is the rare comic-book film to put a Hispanic cast front and center.

But it also faced some tough luck, and not just in the unexpected staying power of “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer.” Southern California was bracing Sunday for Hurricane Hilary — potentially dampening ticket sales in the region. (Los Angeles was still its top market.) And like recent releases, “Blue Beetle,” which added $18 million internationally, did not have its forged accessible to advertise the film because of the ongoing actors strike.

Common’s raunchy R-rated canine comedy “Strays” confirmed even much less chew. The movie, with a voice forged together with Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx, landed in fifth place with $8.4 million. Comedies have typically struggled in theaters lately, however “Strays” had it significantly tough on condition that its starry forged was unavailable.

“Strays” was very narrowly bested by “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.” The Paramount Pictures animated release earned $8.4 million in its third weekend, bringing its domestic total to $88.1 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released 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.


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