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“Oppenheimer” and “Barbie” lead in Top Ten Grossing Films of 2023

In a surprising turn of events, Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” emerged as the reigning champion of the 2023 box office, surpassing the $1.4 billion mark since its July release. This achievement marks a departure from the dominance of sequels in recent years, with half of the top 10 highest-grossing films being part of ongoing series. Notably, “The Little Mermaid,” securing the seventh spot, is a remake.

Securing the second position is “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” another standalone property, establishing a trend toward originality. Christopher Nolan’s historical drama, “Oppenheimer,” secured the third spot with an impressive $951 million haul.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, attributes this shift to audience preferences for films that offer a unique and fresh perspective. Despite Tom Cruise’s notable presence in the 2022 charts with “Top Gun: Maverick,” his latest “Mission Impossible” sequel earned a spot in the top 10.

Marvel Studios, known for its box office dominance with franchises like “Spider-Man” and “Avengers,” maintained a significant presence in the top 10 with two films.

The list of the highest-grossing films of 2023, according to Comscore data as of December 18, unfolds with the following rankings:

10. ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ ($476.3 million, released on February 17, 2023)

9. ‘Elemental’ ($479.8 million, released on June 16, 2023)

8. ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’ ($567.5 million, released on July 12, 2023)

7. ‘The Little Mermaid’ ($568.8 million, released on May 26, 2023)

6. ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ ($684.9 million, released on June 2, 2023)

5. ‘Fast X’ ($707.6 million, released on May 19, 2023)

4. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ ($845.4 million, released on May 5, 2023)

3. ‘Oppenheimer’ ($951.4 million, released on July 21, 2023)

2. ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ ($1.34 billion, released on April 5, 2023)

1. ‘Barbie’ ($1.44 billion, released on July 21, 2023)

This surprising shift towards standalone films showcases a growing appetite for diverse and original cinematic experiences.