‘Oppenheimer’ surpasses Marvel blockbuster to set new box office milestone

‘Oppenheimer’ surpasses Marvel blockbuster to set new box office milestone

Oppenheimer has surpassed a Marvel blockbuster to become the third highest-grossing film of 2023.

Christopher Nolan‘s historical drama — which sees Cillian Murphy star as Robert J. Oppenheimer, the real-life American physicist who played a pivotal role in the creation of the atomic bomb — has become one of the director’s most successful films to date.

Oppenheimer has already set record for the most successful WWII-related film of all time, but with ticket sales continuing to soar, it’s now set another impressive milestone.

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As revealed by Box Office Mojo, Oppenheimer has surpassed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to become the third highest-grossing movie at the 2023 global box office.

At the time of writing (September 7), the film has grossed $854,078,950 worldwide, surpassing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s $845,536,306.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.3
‘Oppenheimer’ has surpassed ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’ at the global box office. CREDIT: Marvel

It also remains the third-highest-grossing release of the year behind Barbie and The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which have both brought in over $1.35billion.

Other accolades include overtaking John Wick Chapter 4 as the biggest R-rated film of 2023, becoming Universal’s highest-grossing R-rated movie, and surpassing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Fast X with its ticket sales.

Oppenheimer is officially Nolan’s third-biggest film from across his career, and has overtaken his hit 2010 film, Inception – which grossed $837million. At time of writing, the only films by the director to remain more successful are The Dark Knight ($1billion) and its follow-up, The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08billion).

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In a five-star review of the film, NME wrote: “Not just the definitive account of the man behind the atom bomb, Oppenheimer is a monumental achievement in grown-up filmmaking.

“For years, Nolan has been perfecting the art of the serious blockbuster – crafting smart, finely-tuned multiplex epics that demand attention; that can’t be watched anywhere other than in a cinema, uninterrupted, without distractions. But this, somehow, feels bigger.”

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