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Weekly Box Office Report: Birds Of Prey Sits On Top, But Harley Leaves a Potential Bomb

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The instant classifying of films as duds can be overdone. “Dolittle” (Universal), because of its enormous cost will lose money, but it actually is getting real interest. “Birds of Prey” at half the cost opened about 50% better. And though international openings of $48 million in most of the world (as an R-rated film, China was always unlikely even before theaters shut their doors due to the coronavirus) are weaker than hoped, this still projects to a $250-300 million total. That plus further revenues position it to avoid a loss.

But this was a film with higher hopes. It stars Robbie, and it had no opening competition. In fact, nothing big had opened for three weeks. It is a DC Comics extended universe title, for which even a $50 million start would be modest. It is an offshoot from “Suicide Squad,” which opened to $133 million. As a February release, it hoped to capitalize on the similar Marvel attempt at a more violent and sexy comic book take with the R-rated “Deadpool” three years ago.

That led to guesses that this would open in the $50 million or better range. Studios always lowball, rarely risking anything but a worst-case scenario. Warners pegged this as $45 million. Instead, $12 million less. That’s a big fail in box office terms.

Again this could still be a $100 million domestic haul, with enough foreign to keep it whole. The Saturday drop was under 6%, better than “Bad Boys for Life,” “Joker,” “Suicide Squad” (which dropped 40%). All were much bigger openers, thus more likely to fall. But it is possible that even with a B+ Cinemascore (the same as “Joker”) it could survive. The R-rating looks like it may have hurt.

 

 

 

But the second weekend, even with three new openings, doesn’t have a lot to challenge “Birds of Prey.” And with Valentine’s Day Friday this could be a fits-the-bill choice for then — plus with Presidents Day its a holiday as well. But it could still go either way. Still, remember “Dolittle”: first impressions aren’t always the final say.

Source: https://www.indiewire.com/2020/02/box-office-bomb-birds-of-prey-lowest-dceu-opening-weekend-1202209681/

US Box Office Top 5:

  1. Birds Of Prey (Week 1; New Entry) - $33,250,000
  2. Bad Boys For Life (Week 4; Last Week: #1) - $12,005,000 (-32% drop from LW)
  3. 1917 (Week 7; Last Week: #2) - $9,000,000 (-5% drop from LW)
  4. Dolittle (Week 4: Last Week: #3) - $6,600,000 (-12% drop from LW)
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level (Week 9: Last Week: #6) - $5,530,000 (-8% drop from LW)

Global Box Office Top 5*:

  1. Bad Boys For Life [=] - $338,728,595(WW)/ $170,322,772(Foreign)
  2. Dolittle [=] - $161,682,955(WW)/ $96,900,000 (Foreign)
  3. Birds Of Prey [New Entry] - $85,051,561(WW)/ $46,500,000 (Foreign)
  4. The Gentlemen [-1] - $61,311,065(WW)/ $33,500,000 (Foreign)
  5. The Grudge [-1] - $43,982,353(WW)/ $22,874,789 (Foreign)
         

Birds debut at number 1 at the box office, but these are lifetime totals for active movies*
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Nobody I know went to see BOP, so I’m on the fence on seeing it in theaters. Sonic is there only real competition, so it’s anybody’s game right now.

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6 hours ago, Twisted Bliss said:

Nobody I know went to see BOP, so I’m on the fence on seeing it in theaters. Sonic is there only real competition, so it’s anybody’s game right now.

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BOP is great so go see it.

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250-300M is respectable, I’ll take it I guess.

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it took y'all 5 days to open this thread, I guess y'all fear @Mariah. would get y'all warned and suspended for opening such thread

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anyways, I went to see it with my two female friends on Sunday and we loved it. It's a shame it isn't smashing as we would've hoped for. I blame MarGOD Robbie for having the audience see Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and BOMBshell that they were left with no money to support this movie anymore.

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4 hours ago, Bruno. said:

it took y'all 5 days to open this thread, I guess y'all fear @Mariah. would get y'all warned and suspended for opening such thread

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anyways, I went to see it with my two female friends on Sunday and we loved it. It's a shame it isn't smashing as we would've hoped for. I blame MarGOD Robbie for having the audience see Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and BOMBshell that they were left with no money to support this movie anymore.

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I was in distress and embarrassed.

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10 hours ago, Don Draper said:

250-300M is respectable, I’ll take it I guess.

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yeah, especially for an unconventional R-rated movie. Small wins

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