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In the Race at the Box Office: Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story Beat Barbie

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Pink Corvette vs. A Nissan

Last weekend, it was a race at the box office: Barbie in her pink convertible vs. other vehicles driven by some dudes. 

For those recovering from hip surgery, there wasn’t much racing involved. Nevertheless, they hobbled into the theater on National Cinema Day and hoped their $8 contribution to Barbenheimer would keep Barbie reigning supreme; they were wrong. Sony’s Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story landed the top spot at $17.3 million. (However, all was not lost, as they felt empowered – wielding a crutch to bypass elderly theater-goers.)

Gran Turismo’s Plot versus Barbie’s Plot

One wouldn’t be at fault if they saw an ad for Gran Turismo and thought they were witnessing yet another Fast and the Furious spin-off since those racing films are released more often than carbon emissions from one’s car. Moreover, one may have been confused when they couldn’t readily spot Vin Diesel in the cast, and the only diesel cameo took place at a gas station – when they filled up a vehicle with the stuff.

But back to the plot – Gran Turismo follows Jann Mardenborough (Archie Madekwe), a video-game-playing-teen whose skills turned him into a bonafide racecar driver. It’s an inspirational story for youngsters, and even more so for the parents who hold out hope that their teenager, playing hours of video games in the windowless basement, will one day contribute something valuable to society – like making tons of money in a sport they can’t comprehend.

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And what’s Barbie’s storyline? Oh, don’t pretend you haven’t already seen it. Statistically speaking, you’ve probably seen it twice since once wasn’t Kenough

But did Gran Turismo Really Come In First? 

Upon digging further, it appears that Gran Turismo didn’t dominate Barbie at the box office as much as Sony would like folks to think. Sony conveniently added $3.9 million from preview screenings before Thursday and an additional $1.4 million in Thursday previews. 

Warner Bros.’ Barbie didn’t get the luxury of having that extra day included in its total tally – reporting Friday through Sunday. Sony’s box office beginning on a Thursday defies what a layperson thinks of as a “weekend.” They’re stretching words to fit their desired outcome, akin to your friend who says they plan to stay with you for the weekend and the weekend ends up lasting for 2 years. 

How is Barbie coping with the loss? 

Barbie now holds the esteemed title of Warner Bros.’s highest-grossing global release ever, so it’s okay to concede last weekend’s box office “win” to Gran Turismo

For this upcoming Labor Day weekend, if one has already seen Barbenheimer and Gran Turismo, they should support the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who finished in 5th place at $6.1 million last weekend. Those shelled creatures need all the box office help they can get to fund their pizza addiction. *DeadTalkNews does not advise feeding turtles pizza, as it can be lethal to their feeble, wrinkled bodies.

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Gran Turismo (2023) Official Sony Pictures Trailer

Source: Dead Talk Live

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