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Oppenheimer dethrones Bohemian Rhapsody as the highest-grossing biopic of all time

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Almost two months since its release, and that of Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer still manages to break box office records.

The award-winning director’s latest box office hit, starring Cillian Murphy as the father of the atomic bomb, J Robert Oppenheimer, has officially surpassed $912 million (£712.4 million) in worldwide receipts, according to Box office mojo.

This means it beat out Bryan Singer’s 2018 film Freddy Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody, to become the highest-grossing biopic ever at the global box office. Rami Malek played the late Queen frontman in the film, which grossed $910 million (£710 million) worldwide.

Oppenheimerreleased in theaters at the same time as that of Greta Gerwig barbie in July, benefited from the viral “Barbenheimer” trend, which allowed fans to enjoy a double feature of both films.

Gerwig’s heartwarming comedy-drama about the popular Mattel doll, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, grossed a whopping $1.3 billion (£1.05 billion) worldwide, making Gerwig, 40 years old, the first female director to gross more than a billion dollars.

In early August, when Nolan’s drama surpassed $550m (£433.4m) at the worldwide box office, it became the highest-grossing World War II film of all time.

The film currently has a 93 percent rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Oppenheimer was praised as “smart, imaginative and Nolan at his best” by The independent» Clarisse Loughrey in her four-star review.

“Oppenheimer” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”

(Universal Pictures and 20th Century Studios)

Bohemian Rhapsodywhich won Malek, 42, the Academy Award for Best Actor, also won Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing in 2019.

Oppenheimer will have tough competition at the 94th Academy Awards next year, with Yorghos Lanthimos’ film Poor things now the favorite for best picture.

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The sci-fi romance, starring Emma Stone, took home the top prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The Golden Lion is considered a sign of what will bring home trophies throughout the upcoming awards season.

Upcoming films in the running include Martin Scorsese’s new film. Flower Moon Killers, MaestroBradley Cooper’s film about composer Leonard Bersntein and Alexander Payne’s film Leftovers.


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