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Five takeaways from the weirdest summer in movie history

Peter Howell

Movie Critic

You couldn’t make up a summer movie season as wacky as this one, even if Hollywood screenwriters hadn’t been striking all through it.

Many of the expected heavy hitters of the season — “Fast X,” “Indy 5,” “Mission: Impossible 7” and “The Flash” — came up way short of expectations, for a variety of reasons.

Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie,” meanwhile, a novelty comedy about a plastic doll that yearns to be human, shocked everybody by selling more than a billion dollars worth of tickets worldwide. Just this week it topped “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” and became the most successful film of 2023.

Even more surprising was how “Barbie” was serendipitously yoked to Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” a serious biopic about a nuclear scientist. The two films together have helped push the box office close to $4 billion (all figures U.S.) during the warm-weather months, marking a return to pre-pandemic highs.

As Labour Day approaches and green leaves begin to turn red, here are five take-aways from the weirdest summer movie season ever:

#Barbenheimer #Barbie #Oppenheimer #IndianaJones #MissionImpossibleDeadReckoning


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