This weekend at the US box office is poised for a showdown akin to “Barbenheimer 2.0,” a term coined by Martin Scorsese himself in an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times. It’s not the sequels of Barbie or Oppenheimer that are hitting the screens, but rather two vastly different films competing for audience attention.
On one side, we have Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” a star-studded production featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, among other Hollywood heavyweights. This film, however, faced challenges in promotion due to the recent Hollywood actors’ strike. “Killers of the Flower Moon” is described as one of Scorsese’s darker and lengthier endeavors, clocking in at a substantial 3.5 hours. It’s worth noting that the film is also slated for a digital premiere soon, exclusively on Apple TV+.
On the other side of the spectrum is Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour,” which made history with an unprecedented $92.8 million opening at the North American box office in its debut weekend, becoming the highest-grossing concert film of all time. While it’s anticipated to experience a significant drop in its second weekend, it’s still projected to bring in an impressive $30 to $40 million, according to reports by Variety. The runtime of Swift’s concert film stands at 2 hours and 49 minutes, and its release strategy strategically limits screenings to the latter half of the week and the weekend.
In this cinematic showdown, “The Eras Tour” currently holds a lead of about $10 million over “Killers of the Flower Moon,” indicating a fierce competition for box office supremacy. The clash of these two distinct offerings in the world of entertainment promises an exciting weekend for moviegoers and fans alike.