Birds of Prey Debuts While Joker Continues to Roll in Cash

Birds of Prey

It was a tale of two R-rated films based on DC properties at the weekend box office. Despite positive reviews, Birds of Prey fell short with an estimated $33.3 million opening weekend. This was far below the studio’s expected $45 million.

This is despite good reviews, even from critics. The film received an 81% on RottenTomatoes and a 60 on Metacritic. Opening day audiences gave it a “B+” CinemaScore and audiences have given it an 83% score on RottenTomatoes.

The film’s audience was 51% female and 65% of the audience was age 25 or older. Theories blame the R-rating for the struggles but that’s easily blown out of the water by the earnings of Deadpool, Logan, and last year’s Joker. The latter film has earned over $1 billion at the box office with a similar budget. The fact it’s a female lead film is also debunked when one can point to Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel as recent successes.

Internationally, the film opened in 78 markets earning $48 million. Japan will be the final market and opens on March 20.

With a budget of $84.5 million, Birds of Prey should make its money back easily but the debut will surely get studios to rethink their future plans.


Joker continues to wind down its run but saw a bit of a boost going into the Oscars.

Over the past week, the film earned about $200,000 domestically which is an increase from the $170,000 it earned over the previous week. The film’s total now stands at $335.1 million.

Internationally, the film added $500,000 over the week down from the previous week’s $600,000. It’s earned $736.8 million internationally.

The movie’s $1.072 billion is an amazing haul for a movie whose budget was just $55 million. It caps off a record-setting year for films based on comics.

The movie is currently ranked #11 in worldwide total for a comic adaptation. It’s about $9.2 million from passing The Dark Knight Rises and will crack the top ten at that point. It’s unlikely to do so but you never know.

When it comes to DC films, it’s a most interesting one. The film is marching along and it’s possible it will pass Aquaman‘s domestic total by the time its domestic run is over:

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Wonder WomanWB$412,563,408
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$330,360,194
Suicide SquadWB$325,100,054
Man of SteelWB$291,045,518
Justice LeagueWB$229,024,295
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$29,790,236

Joker has been doing quite well in international earnings where Warner Bros. has had issues in the past. Aquaman indicates a shift for the company and lessons seem to be continued with Joker.

FilmStudioInternational Gross
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$542,900,000
Justice LeagueWB$428,900,000
Suicide SquadWB$420,500,000
Wonder WomanWB$409,283,604
Man of SteelWB$377,000,000
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$22,300,000

The film is now one of the most profitable comic film adaptations of all time. With a reported budget of $55 million, the movie has a 19.49x return so far. That’s the highest factor for any movie based on a comic beating The Mask which was the previous leader with a 15.29x factor.

The film hasn’t earned the most compared to the budget, that record is held by Avengers: Endgame. Despite a $356 million budget, that movie earned a “profit” of $2.442 billion. Joker has cracked the top ten though having so far earned a “profit” of $1.017 billion.

Here’s where 2019’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.368 billion
Total International Gross: $4.962 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.329 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.289 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.041 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $236.8 million
Average International Gross: $496.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $732.9 million
Average Budget: $128.9 million
Average Profit: $604.1 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. The bold numbers are above average while those below average are not.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$858,373,000
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$390,532,085
Joker WB $335,084,607
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,845,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
The KitchenWB$12,180,032
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,939,427,564
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$741,396,434
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
The KitchenWB$3,700,000
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,797,800,564
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony $1,131,928,519
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Joker WB$1,071,884,607
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
The KitchenWB$15,880,032
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,441,800,564
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$971,9285,519
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
Dark PhoenixFox$52,442,974
The KitchenWB-$21,119,968
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.86
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony7.07
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
The KitchenWB0.43