Both movies, Barbie and Oppenheimer, were released on July 21, 2023, and are competing in theaters worldwide. Barbie is directed by Greta Gerwig, while Oppenheimer is directed by Christopher Nolan. Both movies are making waves in theaters globally.
According to a Deadline report, 'Barbie', starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, has grossed 41.4 million USD across 51 international markets. In contrast, 'Oppenheimer', featuring Cillian Murphy, earned 15.7 million USD in its 57 markets.
At the Indian box office, the situation is quite different. The Christopher Nolan-directed 'Oppenheimer' managed to collect Rs 13.50 crore on its first day, while 'Barbie' could only earn Rs 5 crore.
This reveals that India has a considerable number of Cillian Murphy fans, with Indian audiences preferring 'Oppenheimer' over 'Barbie'. The reasons behind this preference could be attributed to the sigma mentality of Indian viewers, their inclination towards more knowledgeable content rather than comedic, or even a possible connection to the Bhagavad Gita.
Both movies feature a fictional sigma personality character, portrayed by Ryan Gosling in 'Barbie' and Cillian Murphy in 'Oppenheimer'. Despite both characters having a strong following base in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, Cillian Murphy's portrayal in 'Oppenheimer' seems to resonate more due to his powerful characterization compared to Ryan Gosling's more ordinary role in 'Barbie'.