Here’s What the Hudson Valley Thinks About “Barbenheimer”
The first weekend of "Barbenheimer" is down! For those unfamiliar of the term, it is used to reference the simultaneous releases of Greta Gerwig's Barbie and Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer, two starkly different movies when it comes to tone and presentation, yet both oddly dealing with major cultural existential themes. What started out as a widespread internet joke has turned into sincere excitement for the two contrasting movies.
Variety reported that Barbie has hit the $200 Million mark at the Domestic Box Office, while Oppenheimer crosses $100 Million after 5 days of being out. This should not come as a surprise that Barbie has received more than Oppenheimer because the concept of Barbie is more digestible than an art film about nuclear war. Not just that, it's much shorter. However, many predict that just like the movie itself, Oppenheimer will have a bit of a slow burn, and audiences will be shelling out in weeks to come. Regardless, both are incredible feats, nonetheless!
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The Barbie v Oppenheimer debate has gone state to state, and honestly, this is the kind of map that I can get into. According to this post from Barstool Sports, New York comes in as a strong Oppenheimer state.
Across our Facebook, Instagram, and direct messaging, you were split into thirds! One third said they were most excited to watch Barbie, another third said they were most excited to see Oppenheimer, and the final third said they were excited to see both!
The Hudson Valley Reacts to Barbenheimer
There has been a lot of love for Barbenheimer in the Hudson Valley. Both of my showings for Barbie and Oppenheimer were completely packed! It's good to see that because I haven't seen a packed theater like that since before the pandemic. Spider-Man: No Way Home was pretty close.
Several of our listeners left comments or messaged us directly in regards to the movie madness. We asked you which movie you were most excited to go see. Anthony said:
Both!!!!!!!!Barbenheimer forever!Going to see Barbie next Wednesday and I’m so excited
I saw Barbie on Thursday night.I plan on seeing Oppenheimer when I am able to.
The American one
I saw both Barbie and Oppenheimer on the same day. Started with Barbie and ended with Oppenheimer. Both beautiful movies in their own right, but I am physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted.