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Oppenheimer becomes highest-grossing World War II film of all time

Sam Cawley

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Oppenheimer becomes highest-grossing World War II film of all time

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Weeks after its release, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has become the highest-grossing WW2 ever made,

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The summer blockbuster has received high praise from audiences and critics, with many calling it one of Nolan’s best films to date, on par with Interstellar in terms of quality and performances.

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Taking place during WW2, the film follows the real-life events that led to the creation of the first atomic bomb, two of which were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leading to Japan’s surrender and the end of the war.

Starring Hollywood A-listers like Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh and Matt Damon to name a few, the film has generated over $500 million at the time of writing, quickly making it the highest-grossing film about the Second World War.

While most of its success will have come from the brilliant writing, spectacular visuals and incredible performances, it was helped along slightly by an unlikely ally, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie film which was released on the same day.

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Surprisingly, the Barbie film is leading the way in terms of revenue, generating over $1 billion worldwide and is currently on track to be the biggest film of the year.

The internet had a good laugh in the build-up to their releases, frankly due to the juxtaposition between a colourful film about a doll and an R-rated tale about man-made horrors. Of course, plenty of memes were made, comparing and combining the two films for some hilarious results.

Not everyone was laughing though, as the Barbenheimer memes have caused great offence to the people from Japan, leading many to retaliate with memes putting a Barbenheimer spin on the US tragedy of 9/11.

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Both films are still available to watch in cinemas and have digital releases on the way.

Topics: TV And Film

Sam Cawley
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