Positive reviews and audience response wasn’t enough to send Warner Bros.’s Birds of Prey flying too high this weekend. While the latest DC Comics adaptation was able to secure the weekend’s #1 slot it fell well short of expectations. However, Oscar contender 1917 was one of three titles to see a single digit drop as audiences sought to see the film that is widely expected to take the Oscars for best picture. (boxofficemojo)

At the top of the box office is WB’s Birds of Prey, finishing with an estimated $33.25 million from 4,236 theaters (fourth widest ever for an R-rated release), falling well short of industry expectations as well as the studio’s anticipated $45 million start. Things looked good heading into the weekend with the film receiving a strong critical response 81% on RottenTomatoes and 60 on Metacritic which was then followed by an “B+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and an 83% audience score on RottenTomatoes.

However, it appears there just wasn’t enough audience to push this one as high as most expected, though word of mouth may be able to keep it alive over the coming weeks if it proves to be more than just a niche film. (boxofficemojo)

Opening weekend crowds for Birds of Prey were 51% female with 65% of the audience coming in aged 25 or older. The film scored best with younger audiences, of which gave the film an “A-” CinemaScore, which suggests the R-rating may have been a major reason the film struggled to take flight, especially considering its predecessor, Suicide Squad, was a PG-13 feature and debuted with $133 million. It will be interesting to see what WB does with next year’s The Suicide Squad, which is currently expected to be R-rated. (boxofficemojo)

Warner Bros.’ comic-book adaptation “Birds of Prey  got off to a soft start at the international box office, generating $48 million when it debuted in 78 foreign markets. The R-rated adventure starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn kicked off in North America with an equally disappointing $33 million for a global start of $81 million. “Birds of Prey” cost around $80 million to make, not including global marketing and production fees. (variety)

The movie had its biggest opening in Mexico with $4.6 million, followed by Russia with $4 million, the United Kingdom with $3.9 million and Brazil with $2.8 million. The studio said fears of coronavirus impacted movie going in Southeast Asia. “Birds of Prey” opens in its final market, Japan, on March 20. (variety)

Cathy Yan directed “Birds of Prey,” which sees Harley Quinn team up with fellow DC antiheroes including Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Gotham detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to save a young girl from Gotham crime lord Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).

Elsewhere on international box office charts, Universal’s “Dolittle” pulled in $18.8 million from 65 foreign markets, bringing its overseas total to $94.7 million. The Robert Downey Jr.-led family film crossed the $150 million mark worldwide this weekend with ticket sales currently at $158.7 million. However, the movie carries a $180 million price tag, meaning it still has a long, uphill battle toward profitability. (variety)

Also this weekend, Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life” amassed $15.8 million from 63 overseas territories for an international tally of $170 million. The third entry in the action franchise has earned an impressive $336 million at the global box office.

Meanwhile, Universal and Amblin’s “1917” added another $15.2 million, boosting its foreign tally to $154.8 million and $287.4 million worldwide. The WWI epic, directed by Sam Mendes, could continue to benefit at the box office if it takes home Oscar statues on Sunday night. The movie was nominated for 10 awards. (variety)

Compiled by Micheal Osuji


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