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Barbie movie triumphs at the Box Office in the U.S.



In a dazzling display of success, the long-awaited Barbie film has soared to the top, claiming the title of the biggest film in the US and Canada for the year.

The opening weekend was a roaring triumph, raking in an estimated $155 million, leaving audiences captivated by the heartfelt coming-of-age story of the iconic children’s character.

Directed by Greta Gerwig, the Barbie movie delves into the character’s journey of self-discovery and identity, while also inspiring her devoted boyfriend Ken to embrace his individuality. The outstanding performances of Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken have undoubtedly contributed to the film’s soaring popularity.

Amidst a fiercely competitive landscape for cinemas, grappling with the rise of streaming services, Barbie’s triumph is truly exceptional. As cinemas continue to face challenges, this heartwarming and empowering tale managed to captivate audiences, reigniting the allure of the big screen.

Oppenheimer saves cinema

In a battle of releases, Oppenheimer, centered around the development of the first atomic bomb and starring Cillian Murphy, also made an impressive $93.7 million (£72 million) in its opening weekend, as announced by Universal Pictures. Despite the stiff competition, Barbie’s charm and universal appeal proved unstoppable, giving rise to playful social media monikers like “Barbenheimer.”

The box office supremacy of Barbie extended beyond North America, with its worldwide debut raking in a staggering $337 million.

Viewers around the globe were enchanted by the timeless storyline, hailing the movie as a masterpiece with ideas that will resonate throughout the ages.

The anticipation leading up to the films’ release was palpable, with advanced ticket sales soaring. Odeon in the UK reported over 200,000 advance ticket purchases, while Vue cinema experienced record-breaking pre-sale numbers for Barbie, surpassing other blockbusters released this year. As the pandemic’s grip loosened, eager filmgoers flocked to theaters, with Friday admissions at Vue cinema reaching unprecedented heights.

Universal Pictures expressed confidence in Oppenheimer’s performance, noting its impressive £8.05 million earnings in the UK and Ireland. The film’s success is projected to outshine even Christopher Nolan’s renowned blockbusters, including Interstellar, Dunkirk, and Inception.

Despite minor disruptions due to strike actions surrounding AI’s influence in Hollywood filmmaking, Oppenheimer’s global earnings stand at an impressive $174.2 million.

The successes of both Barbie and Oppenheimer underscore the enduring allure of the cinema and its power to captivate audiences, providing thrilling and thought-provoking experiences that streaming services simply cannot replicate. As movie enthusiasts celebrate these triumphs, the industry stands as a testament to the timelessness of storytelling and the magic of the silver screen.

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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