“Birds of Prey,” the DC Comics’ Harley Quinn spinoff, made a tepid debut in theaters over the weekend, opening in No. 1 however beneath expectations with $33.three million domestically, in keeping with studio estimates Sunday.
“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” an R-rated Warner Bros. launch, arrived in theaters whereas its star — Margot Robbie — is nominated for an Academy Award for her efficiency in “Bombshell” and the earlier DC movie, the $1 billion-grossing “Joker,” is up for a number one 11 Oscars.
However regardless of these lead-ins, “Birds of Prey” got here in for a rocky touchdown. It had been anticipated to open round $50 million. It fared equally abroad, grossing an estimated $48 million from 78 worldwide markets.
Warner Bros. stated the coronavirus impacted gross sales in Asia, although in South Korea, the place “Birds of Prey” made $1.9 million, it got here in second to an area launch. “Birds of Prey” does not have a China launch scheduled, and “Suicide Squad” by no means opened there. Cinemas within the nation, the world’s second largest film market, have shut down amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“Birds of Prey,” the week’s lone new vast launch, price roughly $100 million to make. Cathy Yan directs the “Suicide Squad” spinoff, which Robbie additionally produced. Robbie stars as Quinn, the crazed felony who after splitting with Joker is a solo vigilante. Critiques have been largely favorable, with an 80% recent ranking on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences gave it a B-plus CinemaScore.
After three weeks atop the field workplace, Sony Image’s “Unhealthy Boys for Life” dropped to second with $12 million in its fourth weekend. The motion comedy, which reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has grossed $336 million worldwide.
Although analysts are forecasting a down yr for Hollywood on the field workplace, the success of “Unhealthy Boys for Life” has helped drive the yr’s ticket gross sales to an nearly 10% uptick over the primary 5 weeks of 2019, in keeping with knowledge agency Comscore.
Forward of the Academy Awards, a number of nominees padded their ticket-sales totals. Common’s “1917,” the Sam Mendes-directed World Battle I movie, took in one other $9 million in its seventh weekend, good for third place. The movie, a favourite for Sunday night time, has grossed $132.5 million domestically and $287.four million globally.
Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out,” nominated for finest screenplay, added $2.four million, bringing its North American complete to $158.9 million. Lionsgate earlier this week confirmed a sequel to the acclaimed whodunit.
Greta Gerwig’s Louisa Could Alcott adaptation “Little Girls,” up for six Oscars together with finest image, additionally ranked within the prime 10 with $2.three million. Its seven-week home complete is $102.7 million. That offers the best-picture class 5 $100 million-grossing motion pictures, together with “1917,” “Joker,” “Ford v Ferrari” and “As soon as Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” (Counting abroad gross sales, “Parasite” has additionally surpassed $100 million.) Netflix hasn’t reported box-office knowledge for its two best-picture contenders, “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story.”
Holdovers “Doolittle” ($6.7 million in its fourth weekend) and “Jumaji: The Subsequent Stage” ($5.5 million) rounded out the highest 5.
Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday via Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, in keeping with Comscore.
1. “Birds of Prey,” $33.three million ($48 million worldwide).
2. “Unhealthy Boys for Life,” $12 million.
three. “1917,” $9 million.
four. “ Doolittle,” $6.7 million.
5. “Jumanji: The Subsequent Stage,” $5.5 million.
6. “The Gents,” $four.2 million.
7. “Gretel & Hansel,” $three.5 million.
eight. “Knives Out,” $2.four million.
9. “Little Girls,” $2.three million.
10. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” $2.2 million.
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