The summer of 2023 will be etched as one of the best times for box-office and cinephiles. Two of the most popular and highest-grossing pieces of major motion pictures, ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’, were released on the same day. The films contributed to reviving theaters and the box office. Both the audience and critics panned the films, and they emerged as two of the most significant pop culture entities. ‘Oppenheimer’ was a gritty nuclear drama based on the life of Robert J. Oppenheimer.
Whereas ‘Barbie’ was a celebration of womanhood through a satirical drama as the women in Barbie Land navigate through earning their position in the utopian land after the Kens take over the land. While both films did stellar business, a producer of ‘Oppenheimer’ asked Margot Robbie to push the release date of her film, but the actress refused to do so.
Margot Robbie Told ‘Oppenheimer’ Producer To Move Their Date If They Are Scared
It is still difficult to be in Hollywood if you are a woman mounting a major motion picture about women. Margot Robbie recently reiterated that in an anecdote she told during Variety’s Actor on Actor series with Cillian Murphy.
While both ‘Oppenheimer’ and ‘Barbie’ gave rise to a pop culture phenomenon called ‘Barbenheimer’, Margot was asked by one of the producers, Charles Roven, to move the date of ‘Barbie’.
Charles Roven has famously produced some of the iconic DCEU movies, including the Margot Robbie-starrer ‘The Suicide Squad’. During the conversation with Cillian Murphy, Margot said, “One of your producers, Chuck Roven, called me because we worked together on some other projects.”
Margot Robbie added, “And he was like, ‘I think you guys should move your date.’ And I was like, ‘We’re not moving our date. If you’re scared to be up against us, then you move your date.’ And he’s like, ‘We’re not moving our date. I just think it’d be better for you to move.’ And I was like, ‘We’re not moving!’ ”
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‘Barbie’ Entered The Billion Club In Just 17 Days
Greta Gerwig wrote history with ‘Barbie’ and became the first solo woman director to achieve the milestone of having a film collect $1 billion. On top of that, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling-starrer reached the milestone in just 17 days. When they achieved this milestone, the film collected $459 million domestically and $572 million overseas.
After the success of ‘Barbie’, the international distribution chiefs, Jeff Goldstein and Andrew Cripps, called the achievement a ‘Barbillion.’ The executives said, “This is a watershed moment for ‘Barbie,’ and no one but Greta Gerwig could have brought this cross-generational icon and her world to life in such a funny, emotional, and entertaining story, one that is resonating with all four quadrants of moviegoers and literally turning the entire world pink.”