Director Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated film, Oppenheimer, has taken Indian theatres by storm. According to early estimates shared by industry tracker Sacnilk, the film collected an impressive Rs 13-14 crore on its opening day in India. Starring Cillian Murphy as the theoretical physicist J Robert Oppenheimer, the movie was released on July 21.
Their was much excitement among audiences due to the iconic clash between Oppenheimer and Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. On opening day, Oppenheimer outperformed Barbie by a considerable margin. Barbie managed to collect Rs 5-5.50 crore, whereas Oppenheimer claimed the biggest opening for a Hollywood film in India this year, even surpassing Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, which minted Rs 12.50 crore on its opening day. Additionally, it outperformed Vin Diesel’s Fast X, which had debuted in India with Rs 12.50 crore on May 19.
The film’s success wasn’t limited to metropolitan areas, it also resonated strongly with audiences in smaller cities and towns across the country.
ritics also showered Oppenheimer with praise, lauding Cillian Murphy’s outstanding portrayal of J Robert Oppenheimer. The film received 4.5 stars from The Indian Express critic Shalini Langer. A part of her review read, “This is almost an entirely Murphy show, with a lot of great actors pitching in for important parts. Nolan takes his time kicking the proceedings into action, and in her bit role, Florence Pugh is the most impactful.”
Oppenheimer recounts the historical events during World War II when Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves Jr appointed Oppenheimer to lead the top-secret Manhattan Project. Working alongside a team of dedicated scientists, Oppenheimer spent years developing and designing the world’s first atomic bombs. The culmination of their efforts came on July 16, 1945, when they witnessed the world’s first nuclear explosion, forever altering the course of history.
Aside from Cillian Murphy, the movie also features an impressive cast, including Robert Downey Jr, Emily Blunt and Matt Damon in pivotal roles.