Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan's film about the creation of the atomic bomb, has broken a new record. As of this Saturday, the feature film becomes the highest grossing biopic in history by surpassing "Bohemian Rhapsody" and achieving box office takings of more than 912 million dollars, according to data provided by the specialized website Box Office Mojo. For its part, the film based on Freddie Mercury and his band Queen reaped $ 910 million during its tour of theaters around the world in 2018.
‘OPPENHEIMER’ has become the highest grossing biopic of all time, passing ‘BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY’. pic.twitter.com/7lKolHRxnf
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Next goal of 'Oppenheimer': overcome the barrier of $ 1,000 million
Both films also have actor Rami Malek among their cast. In the case of "Bohemian Rhapsody," Malek plays Freddie Mercury, while in "Oppenheimer" he has a minor role and puts himself in the shoes of David Hill, one of the physicists who worked with Robert Oppenheimer, who Cillian Murphy gives life to:
Rami Malek stars in the two highest-grossing biopics of all time, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY and OPPENHEIMER. pic.twitter.com/sR7ZoJaYpn
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The record comes after Oppenheimer managed to surpass the $900 million mark in revenue over the weekend. A milestone that Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst at Comscore explains spoke to Variety about, saying that achieving this figure in such a short period of time is an "extraordinary achievement":
For ‘Oppenheimer’ to cross the $900 million global mark after just nine weeks in theaters is a remarkable achievement. It shows how an amazing film with a superstar director and a star-studded cast can turn a three-hour historical epic into a blockbuster mainstream hit.
Currently, it is the third highest grossing film so far in 2023 only behind "Super Mario Bros. The movie" and "Barbie," which boast, respectively, $1.36 billion and $1.416 billion, according to Box Office Mojo. Its next challenge is to overcome the barrier of $1 billion at the box office, something that the other two feature films have already achieved during their journey in theaters.