Well, consider me surprised. I definitely didn’t see this poor showing happening at the box office this weekend.
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) barely showed up as a blockbuster, debuting in first place with an extremely underwhelming $33 million. That’s way off from my thought that film would hit hard with $60+ million, and off from the more conservative estimates others made of around $50 million. The film had great reviews, and Margot Robbie is one of the hottest names in Hollywood right now. Maybe not hot enough to open a film, though? And maybe making the film R-rated was a mistake since it would prevent many of Harley Quinn’s younger fans from coming out? Whatever the case, this is a bad showing for Warner and Disney, and probably kills the idea of a Birds of Prey franchise.
As for the rest of the top five, Bad Boys For Life was in second place with $11.8 million. 1917 was in third place with $8.9 million, while Dolittle followed in fourth place with $6.5 million. Jumanji: The Next Level closed things out in fifth place with $5.5 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) – $62 million
2) Bad Boys For Life – $12 million
3) 1917 – $8 million
4) Dolittle – $5 million
5) Jumanji: The Next Level – $4.5 million
And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:
1) Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) – $33 million
2) Bad Boys For Life – $11.8 million
3) 1917 – $8.9 million
4) Dolittle – $6.5 million
5) Jumanji: The Next Level – $5.5 million
Next weekend sees the release of Sonic The Hedgehog and Fantasy Island. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!