Barbie and Oppenheimer are the big movie news at the moment, having opened to record numbers.
And both are originals! Although, of course, Barbie is based on a world-famous brand. And Oppenheimer has the Christopher Nolan “brand”—almost like what a new Kubrick film used to be. I guess Tarantino is still that way, too.
I read this article a few weeks ago about the “flopbuster,” specifically referring to Indiana Jones and the Dial of the Destiny: a movie which opened to numbers that used to be considered big, but cost so much that it’s nonetheless a financial disappointment.