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Oppenheimer makes history by becoming the most successful WWII movie ever
Photo: © ANP

Oppenheimer makes history by becoming the most successful WWII movie ever

Oppenheimer makes history by becoming the most successful WWII movie ever
Photo: © ANP

Oppenheimer is officially the most successful World War II movie of all time.

Christopher Nolan's epic stars Cillian Murphy as Robert J. Oppenheimer alongside an all-star cast including Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek, Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich and more.

It tells the story of the birth of the atomic bomb via The Manhattan Project. It has received universal acclaim from critics and fans and is a box office success, too, as it recently passed the $550 million dollar mark.

READ MORE: Robert Downey Jr. lavishes praise on Oppenheimer star Cillian Murphy


Oppenheimer is now the highest-grossing WWII movie ever, surpassing Nolan's other war picture, Dunkirk.

Over the summer, Oppenheimer and Barbie have been credited for a much-needed boost for cinemas, with the phenomenon of the two movies being dubbed 'Barbenheimer'.

Barbie recently surpassed $1 billion at the box office which makes it the most successful movie in history by a female director.

Oppenheimer was 'naive'

Within the movie, Oppenheimer struggles with the morality of creating a bomb that would go on to kill hundreds of thousands of people in Nagasaki and Hiroshima at the end of World War Two.

In his own mind, he believes it is a means to an end of forcing every country in the world to agree that such bombs should not be used in fear of their power.

“I do think that he believed it would be the weapon to end all wars," star Murphy told NME.

“He thought that (having the bomb) would motivate countries to form a sort of nuclear world governance.

“He was naïve. Chris (Nolan) used this amazing phrase. We were talking about Oppenheimer’s arc and he said, ‘You know, he’s dancing between the raindrops morally.’ That unlocked something in my mind when I was preparing.”

After the bombings in Japan, Oppenheimer would campaign against the use of the bombs and especially the creation of a new hydrogen bomb. He was subsequently ostracised by the government and some sections of the scientific community.

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