The company’s CCO said that between Friday and Monday, AMC “saw a 33% increase in the number of guests who decided to create their own dual feature.”
by Greta Gerwig Barbie and Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer square off at the box office later this month – but the fan crossover seems to ensure a fruitful opening weekend for both.
Despite their vastly different genres, more than 20,000 tickets were sold at AMC theaters not just for viewers to see them both on opening weekend, but doubles on the same day after they opened on July 21.
In a statement shared with VarietyElizabeth Frank, CCO of the theater chain and Executive Vice President of Global Programming, said: “That more than 20,000 viewers have already planned and purchased tickets to see Barbie And Oppenheimer same day is a good sign that the growing online conversation surrounding these two incredible films is turning into ticket sales.”
Frank added that between last Friday and Monday, AMC “saw a 33% increase in the number of guests who decided to create their own feature film by purchasing tickets to see both movies on the same day.”
“We are thrilled to see this momentum,” she said, per Variety.
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Oppenheimer is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography titled American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. The biopic follows J. Robert Oppenheimer (played by Cillian Murphy), the scientist who led the Manhattan Project – the effort to create an atomic bomb during World War II.
Also in the star cast are Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Hartnett, Gary Oldman, Jack Quaid, Rami Malek, Dane DeHaan, Josh Peck and more.
Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling lead an equally impressive cast in comedy Barbiewhich follows the titular Mattel doll (played by Robbie, 33) and her main presser Ken (Gosling, 42) as they explore life beyond Barbie Land.
BarbieThe cast of also includes Kingsley Ben-Adir, Scott Evans, Simu Liu and Ncuti Gatwa, who appear as different versions of Ken in the film. Meanwhile, Hari Nef, Emma Mackey, Dua Lipa, Ana Cruz Kayne, Sharon Rooney, Kate McKinnon, Nicola Coughlan, Alexandra Shipp, Ritu Arya and Issa Rae play different versions of Barbie. Emerald Fennell will play Midge and Michael Cera will play Allan.
At the time of the trailer’s release, character posters were also unveiled for non-Barbie characters, including America Ferrera as “human”, Ariana Greenblatt as another “human”, Helen Mirren as “narrator”, Connor Swindells as “trainee”. and Jamie Demetriou in “suit,” plus Will Ferrell.
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Besides the fans, celebrities are even showing their support for seeing both films when they come out – including Tom Cruise, whose own film Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 premieres this Wednesday.
“This summer is full of amazing movies to see in theaters,” Cruise said written next to the pictures of himself and his director Christopher McQuarrie in front of posters for Oppenheimer And Barbieas well as the recent Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate.
“Congratulations, Harrison Ford, on 40 years of Indy and one of the most iconic characters in history,” the actor, 60, added. “I love a double feature, and it doesn’t get more explosive (or rosier) than one with Oppenheimer and Barbie.
Robbie and Barbie director/co-writer Gerwig, 39, even got in on the action, with the official Barbie Twitter account of the film sharing photos of the two women holding tickets to Oppenheimer, In esteem – Part one And dial of fatewhile posing in front of movie posters.
“Mission accepted!” read the accompanying tweet.
Barbie And Oppenheimer both will premiere July 21 in theaters nationwide.
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