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‘Gran Turismo’ and ‘Barbie’ are neck-and-neck Beating Final ‘Harry Potter’ Movie at the box office

“Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story” and “Barbie” are in a dead heat for the box office crown, with the video game adaptation just edging Greta Gerwig’s pop sensation, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Sony Pictures reported that “Gran Turismo” opened with $17.3 million over the weekend, while Warner Bros. estimated that “Barbie,” in its sixth week of release, took in $17.1 million.

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Warner Bros. estimated that “Barbie” starring Margot Robbie as Mattel’s famous fashion doll would gross $7.8 million on Sunday, which would mean almost 2 million people saw the film that day.

On Monday, “Barbie” worldwide gross sales to hit a smashing $1.34 billion will overtake “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” as the highest grossing global release in the history of Warner Bros.

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“Gran Turismo,” a film, about a teenager from Cardiff, Wales, whose love of the PlayStation video game helped turn him into a real-life racer, cost $60 million to make. .

Last week’s top film, the DC Comics release “Blue Beetle,” slid to third place in its second week, with $12.8 million. 

Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” trailed in fourth, with $9 million in its sixth week, $800 million globally.

Warner Bros Studios Leavesden

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Billboard Posters displayed on the side of Warner Bros in Watford.

The Barbie movie was filmed on eight of the studio’s sound stages. The sets were designed by Oscar-nominated production designer Sarah Greenwood, who drew inspiration from midcentury Palm Springs designs. The sets included Barbie’s iconic Dreamhouse, Ken’s house, an expansive beach set, and numerous other interior and exterior locations.

The production also used the studio’s backlot, which is a large outdoor area that can be used to create different environments. The backlot was used to create the streets of Barbieland, as well as a beach and a forest.

Filming for the Barbie movie took place from March to July 2022. The film was directed by Greta Gerwig and stars Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 21, 2023.

The Harry Potter films were all produced at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the United Kingdom. The studio is located in Hertfordshire, about 20 miles north of London. It is one of the largest film studios in the world, and has been used to film many major films, including the Batman films, The Dark Knight, and Inception.

Other Films under production

  • Wonder Woman 3 (Pre-production)
  • Tomb Raider 2 (Announced)
  • Mickey 17 (2024) (Pre-production)
  • Ghostbusters Sequel (2023)

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