Oppenheimer’s Japan debut earns an extra .5 million after being awarded Best Picture, eight months following its worldwide release

Oppenheimer’s Japan debut earns an extra $2.5 million after being awarded Best Picture, eight months following its worldwide release

  • Oppenheimer – which debuted in the U.S. and most global markets back in July – took in $2.5 million in its opening weekend in Japan, via Variety 
  • The film from director Christopher Nolan – who with his wife/producer Emma Thomas are slated to be knighted – opened in 343 theaters in Japan 
  • The tally also represents the highest opening for an American-made film in Japan this year 

While most of the world has seen Oppenheimer, the people of Japan are finally getting their first look at the film… with an impressive box office debut.

Oppenheimer –  which debuted in the U.S. and most global markets back in July – took in $2.5 million in its opening weekend in Japan, via Variety.

The film from director Christopher Nolan – who with his wife/producer Emma Thomas are slated to be knighted – opened in 343 theaters in Japan.

It took third place at the box office, behind local films – horror film Strange House and animated film Haikyu.

The tally also represents the highest opening for an American-made film in Japan this year, ahead of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom ($1.6 million) and Dune: Part Two ($1.3 million). 

Oppenheimer’s Japan debut earns an extra .5 million after being awarded Best Picture, eight months following its worldwide release

While most of the world has seen Oppenheimer , the people of Japan are finally getting their first look at the film… with an impressive box office debut

Oppenheimer - which debuted in the U.S. and most global markets back in July - took in $2.5 million in its opening weekend in Japan, via Variety

Oppenheimer – which debuted in the U.S. and most global markets back in July – took in $2.5 million in its opening weekend in Japan, via Variety 

The Japanese debut now brings Oppenheimer to $965.1 million worldwide, from a $100 million budget. 

While it’s not terribly uncommon for Hollywood films to debut in Japan months after the initial release, it wasn’t certain if the film would debut there at all.

The film tells the story of how J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) created the two atomic bombs that were dropped on Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

A Universal source said in July, ‘plans have not been finalized in all markets, while Japanese distributor Toho-Tawa refused to distribute the film.

Since Toho-Tawa typically handles Japanese distribution for most Hollywood films, a Japanese release seemed unlikely until December, when Bitters End picked it up in December. 

‘Bitters End, will release Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ in Japan in 2024. The decision was made following months of thoughtful dialogue associated with the subject matter and acknowledging the particular sensitivity for us Japanese,’ Bitters End said in a statement.

‘After screening the film, we feel Christopher Nolan has created a singular cinematic experience that transcends traditional storytelling and must be seen on the big screen. We invite the audience to watch the film with their own eyes when it comes to Japan,’ they said.

Oppenheimer’s Japan debut was higher than Nolan’s Interstellar, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Dunkirk.

The Japanese debut now brings Oppenheimer to $965.1 million worldwide, from a $100 million budget

The Japanese debut now brings Oppenheimer to $965.1 million worldwide, from a $100 million budget

While it's not terribly uncommon for Hollywood films to debut in Japan months after the initial release, it wasn't certain if the film would debut there at all

While it’s not terribly uncommon for Hollywood films to debut in Japan months after the initial release, it wasn’t certain if the film would debut there at all

Oppenheimer's Japan debut was higher than Nolan's Interstellar, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Dunkirk.

Oppenheimer’s Japan debut was higher than Nolan’s Interstellar, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Dunkirk.

Nolan's highest-grossing movie in Japan was Inception, which has earned $42 million in the country

Nolan’s highest-grossing movie in Japan was Inception, which has earned $42 million in the country

It was roughly even with the debuts of The Dark Knight Rises and Tenet, though it was below Inception.

Nolan’s highest-grossing movie in Japan was Inception, which has earned $42 million in the country. 

While it was believed that the Japan rollout would coincide with the Oscars, it came three weeks after it won seven Oscars.

Oppenheimer won Best Picture, Best Actor (Cillian Murphy), Best Supporting Actor (Robert Downey Jr.), Best Director (Nolan), Best Original Score (Ludwig Goransson), Best Cinematography (Hoyte Van Hoytema) and Best Editing (Jennifer Lame). 

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