Barbie has biggest movie opening of the year, breaks box office record for film directed by a woman

C'mon Barbie, let's go party - you're an official record-breaking box office hit.

The Margot Robbie-led film has triumphed at the North American box office, pulling in a whopping US$155 million (NZ$250m) over its opening weekend.

Christopher Nolan's rival movie Oppenheimer starring Cillian Murphy also opened well, taking in over US$80.5 million.

The two films were released on the same day, prompting movie pundits to label the day 'Barbenheimer' with neither film moving their release date once the clash was revealed.

Associated Press reported Barbie's opening beat The Super Mario Bros, which had previously been the biggest opening of 2023 with US$146.4 million back in April.

Barbie's success also means it broke the opening weekend record for a movie directed by a woman. The film's director is Greta Gerwig.

Barbie and Oppenheimer reportedly pulled in a combined total of US$511 million worldwide, US$235.5 million of which was in North America - making it the fourth-highest grossing weekend in history.

The success of both films meant Tom Cruise's much-hyped thriller Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning: Part One was the big box office loser.

In the US, it was reported the film's earnings dropped off 64 percent in its second weekend of release, during which it had to surrender prestige IMAX screens to Oppenheimer.

However, it has still managed to net US$118.8 million from North American cinemas.

In Aotearoa, Cruise's movie had pulled in around an estimated $1.3 million over its first week.

Weekend box office figures for New Zealand have yet to be released.