Margot Robbie & Greta Gerwig buy tickets to Oppenheimer & Mission: Impossible

Barbie’s director, Greta Gerwig, and star, Margot Robbie, are urging fans to see competing blockbusters, including Oppenheimer.

Kudos to Tom Cruise for blasting the narrative that releasing movies has to be a cut-throat business, with the actor going out of his way to support Greta Gerwig’s Barbie as well as Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, both of which open within a week of his Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1. He recently urged fans via Instagram to see Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Barbie and Oppenheimer, and now Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig have risen to the occasion, posting images of themselves on Twitter buying tickets for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 and Oppenheimer.

While many have questioned the wisdom of opening three such highly anticipated (and apparently great) movies within a week of each other, early box office tracking suggests all three films will do great. Mission: Impossible should open with a north of $90 million opening, Barbie is set to debut with $70-80 million, and Oppenheimer should do about $40 million. All of those openings seem strong, especially if word of mouth on them is good.

The buzz around Hollywood was that Cruise was upset that Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 was not going to be able to keep IMAX screens in order to make room for Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Whatever the case, Cruise’s rationale is on the money, with him likely reasoning that in between strikes, the pandemic and a bunch of movies that underperformed, it’s important that people go out and see movies in theaters again – especially if they’re good. All three movies are said to deliver in a big way, and as a moviegoer myself, I plan on seeing all three as soon as I can.

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Chris Bumbray began his career with JoBlo as the resident film critic (and James Bond expert) way back in 2007, and he has stuck around ever since, being named editor-in-chief in 2021. A voting member of the CCA and a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic, you can also catch Chris discussing pop culture regularly on CTV News Channel.