Barbie and Oppenheimer took the lower north shore by storm this week – and officially blew up the local box office.
A staggering 8,800 residents attended Cremorne’s Orpheum cinema between Friday and Sunday to watch two of the year’s most anticipated movies, causing “unprecedented” queues that ran the length of Parraween St.
Australian actress Margot Robbie stars as Barbie in the blockbuster film.
Released on the same day – July 21 – Greta Gerwig’s bubblegum comedy ‘Barbie’ and Christopher Nolan’s dark drama ‘Oppenheimer’ opened to record-breaking numbers, with the Orpheum’s General Manager Alex Temesvari telling Mosman Collective the films have “exceeded all expectations”.
“We knew both [movies] would be popular, but what we saw on the weekend was unprecedented,” he said, “the Orpheum box office has never seen anything like it.”
Women drove the historic Barbie opening, making up 65% of the audience, according to PostTrak, and 40% of ticket buyers were under 25.
WATCH: Hundreds line Parraween St in Cremorne to see Barbie and Oppenheimer
By comparison, Oppenheimer audiences were 62% male, and 63% were over the age of 25, with a somewhat surprising 32% between the ages of 18 and 24.
The historic screenings delivered the Orpheum’s highest-ever grossing weekend, with three Oppenheimer sessions on Friday attracting 1200 people and another 1000 patrons seeing Barbie.
“When ticket sales spiked on Friday we knew we were in for a wonderfully chaotic weekend,” Mr Temesvari said.
“Even though the lines were out the door, everyone was hyped up and in a great mood.
“It has been beautiful to see the grand old cinema filled to capacity and entertaining our locals, just like the old days.”
The Orpheum turns pink to celebrate the arrival of Barbie this week.
On Saturday, crowds lined up outside the cinema hours before movie time, with 1900 tickets sold to Oppenheimer and 1400 more for Barbie.
Some people, Mr Temesvari said, watched both films back-to-back.