A resounding victory, it wasn’t.
Still, Birds of Prey did flap to first place on the weekend’s box-office charts, as expected, ending Bad Boys For Life’s three-week stay at the top. Birds pecked up less than $33.3 million in North America, though, according to early estimates. That flies well short of the $45 million most were expecting—and that in spite of the film being headlined by Margot Robbie (who was up for an Oscar last night) and some pretty positive reviews (but not from us).
Birds of Prey is doing a bit better overseas, where it earned $48 million. But maybe making R-rated superhero/villain movies just for the sake of making R-rated superhero/villain movies isn’t such a winning formula after all.
Meanwhile, Bad Boys for Life continues to show plenty of life of its own. It may not be No. 1 any longer, but it still earned another $12 million, which brings its lifelong earnings to an impressive $166.3 million, cementing its status as 2020’s highest-grossing film.
1917 might’ve missed out on a Best Picture Oscar last night, but it did win three Academy Award consolation prizes (in cinematography, sound mixing and visual effects). And at the box office, the film added another $9 million this weekend. The World War I drama finished third, ahead of Dolittle ($6.7 million for fourth place) and Jumanji: The Next Level ($5.5 million for fifth).
Following 1917’s lead, other Oscar winners continue to grow their own box-office bottom lines as well. Little Women (another Best Picture nominee, which won an Oscar for Best Costume) officially crossed over the $100 million threshold earlier last week, and it added another $2.3 million to bring its total gross to $102.7 million. (It finished ninth, by the way.) Jojo Rabbit, which won for Best Adapted Screenplay, finished 13th with $1.5 million. Parasite—winner of four Oscars, including Best Picture—finished in 14th, right behind Jojo. The South Korean film’s total North American tally now stands at $35.5 million. Add in the $129.9 million it’s earned overseas, and Parasite stands as a bona fide blockbuster.