Box Office: ‘Birds of Prey’ Flies Low Overseas With $48 Million

Warner Bros.’ comic-book adaptation “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” got off to a soft start at the international box office, generating $48 million when it debuted in 78 foreign markets.

The R-rated adventure — starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn — kicked off in North America with an equally disappointing $33 million for a global start of $81 million. “Birds of Prey” cost around $80 million to make, not including global marketing and production fees.

The movie had its biggest opening in Mexico with $4.6 million, followed by Russia with $4 million, the United Kingdom with $3.9 million and Brazil with $2.8 million. The studio said fears of coronavirus impacted moviegoing in Southeast Asia. “Birds of Prey” opens in its final market, Japan, on March 20.

Cathy Yan directed “Birds of Prey,” which sees Harley Quinn team up with fellow DC antiheroes including Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Gotham detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to save a young girl from Gotham crime lord Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).

Elsewhere on international box office charts, Universal’s “Dolittle” pulled in $18.8 million from 65 foreign markets, bringing its overseas total to $94.7 million. The Robert Downey Jr.-led family film crossed the $150 million mark worldwide this weekend with ticket sales currently at $158.7 million. However, the movie carries a $180 million price tag, meaning it still has a long, uphill battle toward profitability.

Popular on Variety

Also this weekend, Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life” amassed $15.8 million from 63 overseas territories for an international tally of $170 million. The third entry in the action franchise has earned an impressive $336 million at the global box office.

Meanwhile, Universal and Amblin’s “1917” added another $15.2 million, boosting its foreign tally to $154.8 million and $287.4 million worldwide. The WWI epic, directed by Sam Mendes, could continue to benefit at the box office if it takes home Oscar statues on Sunday night. The movie was nominated for 10 awards.

More Film

  • Halelluja

    Berlin Fest Screens Rare Prints of King Vidor Classics in Retrospective Sidebar

    American director-producer-screenwriter King Vidor (1894-1982), whose long and notable career parallels the history of Hollywood filmmaking, is the subject of a 35-film retrospective at the Berlinale, curated by Rainer Rother, artistic director of the Deutsche Kinematek and head of the Retrospective program. The films, chosen from five decades, will be screened in the best extant [...]

  • Beasts Clawing at Straws Review

    'Beasts Clawing at Straws': Film Review

    Cheap gangsters, duplicitous dragon ladies, a mute tattooed assassin, get-rich-quick schlubs looking to score and a comical detective: “Beasts Clawing at Straws” could just as well be called “Beasts Toying with Clichés” if it weren’t such an amusing, echt Korean romp. Debuting director Kim Yong-hoon acknowledges a certain “Fargo” influence, but there’s also a hint [...]

  • Dev Patel Toronto International Film Festival

    Film News Roundup: Dev Patel to Star in 'Flash Crash' Financial Thriller

    In today’s film news roundup, Dev Patel will portray a market whiz in a “Flash Crash” movie, the late Marty Sklar is honored at UCLA, “The Conversation” is getting a re-release and Ellen Page’s documentary gets a trailer. PROJECT LAUNCH Dev Patel will star in the adaptation of “Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, a Global [...]

  • Police guard the scenery in front

    Mass Shooting in Germany Raises Security Concerns for Berlin Film Festival

    A mass shooting in the West German city of Hanau has raised security concerns for the Berlin Film Festival, which kicks off on Thursday. Local media reports late Wednesday indicate that several people are dead following a shooting. Eight people are believed to have been killed while five others are injured. An unknown assailant is [...]

  • Foto: ©2019 TOM TRAMBOWProjekt: „Lassie Come

    Global Screen Sells 'Lassie Come Home' to More Than 44 Countries (EXCLUSIVE)

    Munich-based world sales company Global Screen has pre-sold the new adaptation of Eric Knight novel’s “Lassie Come Home,” whose canine character was first brought to the big screen more than 75 years ago, to more than 44 countries. Territories include Italy (Lucky Red), France (Mediawan Rights), Scandinavia (Angel Scandinavia), Israel (Film House), CIS (Volga Film), [...]

  • Paramount Players

    Paramount Players Loses Executives Matt Dines, Ali Bell

    Paramount Players has lost two of its executives, with Matt Dines and Ali Bell leaving their posts as executive vice presidents of development and production. A spokesman for Paramount told Variety that there are no plans to shutter the three-year-old division in the wake of the departures. Wyck Godfrey, Paramount’s motion pictures group president, remains [...]

  • Anya Taylor Joy Emma Premiere

    Anya Taylor-Joy on Playing Jane Austen's Clever, Callous Protagonist in 'Emma'

    It was an evening of elegance at the Los Angeles premiere of Focus Features’ “Emma” on Tuesday night. The red carpet was lined with pastel floral arrangements at the DGA Theater, priming visitors to be transported to the ornate pageantry of Georgian-era England, as depicted in this new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic tale. Anya [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content