'Barbie' dominates box office with fourth week at No. 1 

"Barbie" has a pair of legs. According to studio estimates, Greta Gerwig's cinematic blockbuster remained a runaway No. 1 at the box office in its fourth week, with $33.7 million.


The Warner Bros. picture starring and produced by Margot Robbie, which is currently playing in 4,137 theaters, has surpassed $500 million in North America total a week after breaking the $1 billion mark internationally, a record for a female filmmaker.


"Oppenheimer," the second half of the "Barbenheimer" pair, returned to No. 2 in its own fourth week following a week at No. 3 overall. Universal Pictures' Christopher Nolan-directed picture grossed $18.8 million from 3,761 sites for a domestic total of $264.3 million.


The top duo had little opposition. Universal's "The Last Voyage of the Demeter," the week's top new release, ended sixth with a $6.5 million opening weekend.


In its second week, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem" made $15.6 million domestically for third place, while the Jason Statham shark sequel, "Meg 2: The Trench," earned $12.7 million, slipping from second to fifth place.


"Barbie" is set to be the top film of 2023. Its local total of $526.3 million and worldwide total of $1.18 billion presently ranks second only to "The Super Mario Bros.


Movie,” which earned $574.2 million North America, and $1.358 billion globally in the spring. It's also the second-highest grossing film in the history of “Warner Bros.,” behind only 2011’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” 


The Mattel film's consistent performance continues to flip the script on what had been a disappointing year in theaters, with major sequels underperforming such as "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" and "Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part I," which remained in the top 10 this week with $4.7 million.


"If you think about what 'Barbie' and 'Oppenheimer' together — just those two movies — have contributed in these weekends at the box office, it's really a staggering number," Dergarabedian added.


"'Barbie' is still as popular as it was in its first week." "It's just firmly established at No. 1, and I don't see it changing anytime soon," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. "And 'Oppenheimer' right alongside it. In this box office NASCAR race, they're essentially drawing off each other."