Barbie smashes competition to finish undisputed #1 of the UK Summer Box Office

In this photo illustration, the Barbie the movie logo seen...
In this photo illustration, the Barbie the movie logo seen... / SOPA Images/GettyImages

Barbie completely smashed the competition to end the summer as the top performing film at the UK Box Office, according to official data from the British Film Institute via The Numbers.

Since its release on the 21st of July, the Greta Gerwig film starring Margot Robbit and Ryan Gosling has grossed a total of £93.72m - a total that also makes it the top performing movie across the full of 2023.

The film almost doubled the income of the next best performer, as well as surpassing any film released last year, including Top Gun Maverick and Avatar: The Way of Water.

As of time of writing, it stands as the sixth highest grossing film in the UK since data began being collected in 2002, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Spectre, Skyfall, No Time To Die and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Barbie is one of the best grossing movies in the UK as of now

A big factor in Barbie's success was it's same day release with biopic Oppenheimer, which became a massive online trend to go see both in the one day, dubbed Barbieheimer.

The Christopher Nolan directed feature starring Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr among others finished the summer at Number 2 in the box office, albeit nearly £37m behind Barbie on £56.4m.

Having spent over two months in top spot, the third installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise finished third in this list with a UK gross of £36.5m.

The biggest disappointment of the summer would be The Flash which, despite featuring the return after over 30 years of Michael Keaton as Batman, missed out on the top 10 completely with a gross of just £8.86m.

The UK summer top 10 films were as follows:

  1. Barbie
  2. Oppenheimer
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy 3
  4. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  5. The Little Mermaid
  6. Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning - Part One
  7. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  8. Elemental
  9. Fast X
  10. Meg 2: The Trench

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