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Box Office Report: The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Oscar Season

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | February 9, 2020 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | February 9, 2020 |

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Birds of Prey had amazing trailers, it looked gorgeous, the reviews were strong, as we audience responses, and it had no competition at the box office. It seemed primed for success, yet it opened far softer than experts and Warner Bros. were predicting. It still comfortably took the top spot but given that early predictions saw it netting around $45 - 50 million, that weekend gross of $33.25 million can’t help but sting a bit. The budget for this one was low, especially when compared to other DCEU titles, and it was always going to have a certain niche appeal given the characters and its R-rating, but jeez, this one still feels really sad to me. I’m not looking forward to the usual troglodytes crawling out of their holes to gloat about how this is ‘proof’ that nobody wanted an evil misandry ladyfolk movie with ‘unsexy’ Margot Robbie. No, seriously, there are men out there saying that MARGOT F**KING ROBBIE as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey is unattractive. Some people are beyond hope. Word-of-mouth has been very strong, however, so that could help it in weeks to come.

Bad Boys for Life slides to number two, with its domestic gross now over $166 million. 1917 saw only a 5.2% drop from last week, which is astounding, and its own domestic gross is just over $132.5 million. If it does well at the Oscars tonight, as many are predicting it will, then expect a very good gross by next weekend.

Things are good for other Oscar nominees too. Knives Out is close to $160 million while Little Women is now part of the $100 million club. Jojo Rabbit has now made $30 million domestically while Parasite has it beat with $35 million. The season has also been good for the snubbed, with Uncut Gems very close to $50 million and Just Mercy having made more money than Jojo Rabbit despite zero recognition from the Academy. See, sometimes critics can make a difference!

Horror indie The Lodge made $78,104 from six theaters, while And Then We Danced took in $14.078 from two theaters.

This coming week sees the release of romance The Photograph, Fantasy Island, and video game adaptation Sonic the Hedgehog.

You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.

What films did you watch this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.

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