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US Box Office Drops to its Lowest in 2 Decades as Onward Repeats in First and 73% Drop

Onward

It was a brutal weekend at the box office with only Onward breaking the $10 million mark, and it did just barely.

Ticket sales are lower than the post 9/11 attacks as theaters have closed and individuals are staying home to avoid the coronavirus. It’s unknown exactly how bad the weekend is but it is expected to be below the $59.7 million total from September 21, 2001 and may be below $54 million which was the total on January 14, 1998, the previous record low.

Onward, which was the previous weekend’s top film dropped over 73% earning an estimated $10.5 million. Internationally, the film earned $6.8 million from 47 markets. It’s now earned $101.7 million worldwide.

I Still Believe debuted in second place with an estimated $9.5 million. The film fell below expectations, which is understandable. It did earn an “A” CinemaScore and a 99% audience score on RottenTomatoes. The audience was 74% female and 73% were over the age of 25.

In third place was Sony’s Bloodshot, the newest comic cinematic universe to come to the screen. It opened with $9.3 million which actually beat expectations. The audience enjoyed it with a 78% on RottenTomatoes though critics gave it a 31% rating. The opening day audience gave it a “B” CinemaScore.

Internationally, the film opened in 50 markets and was #1 in over half of them. The film brought in $13 million overseas for an international total of $15.1 million.

The Invisible Man landed in third dipping 60% from the previous weekend. It earned $5.9 million in its third week of release. Internationally, it added $6.2 million. Worldwide its tally is $122.7 million.

Rounding out the top five was The Hunt which initially was delayed to the controversy of the film. It earned $5.3 million and received a “C+” CinemaScore and 65% audience score on RottenTomatores. Internationally it opened in four markets.

In comic related film news…

Birds of Prey dropped from last week’s #8 to #11 earning an estimated $555,000 to bring its domestic total to $84.1 million. With the current situation, the film is unlikely to cross the $100 million domestic mark by the time its run is over.

Things likely won’t get better for a while. A Quiet Place II was to open next weekend and projected a $60 million opening. That film is being moved to a different date. Mulan was to open on March 27 and that too is being moved. That film should have been a guaranteed hit and another win for Disney. There are no major films opening in the next few weeks and with the public urged to stay home, it may be until Marvel’s Black Widow in May before we see a turnaround.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive looking at 2019 and 2020’s comic adaptations.

Onward Scores a Weekend Box Office Win

Onward

Onward took first place at the box office in its debut weekend. The film earned an estimated $40 million. That’s on the lower end of expectations for the Pixar and Disney film which was expected to open with closer to $50 million.

The film earned an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day crowds and a 96% audience score on RottenTomatoes. The audience was 52% female with kids and parents making up 58% of the opening weekend crowd.

Internationally, the film earned an estimated $28 million from 47 territories. It will open mid-April for Korea, Italy, and Japan while releases in Australia, Turkey, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Taiwan remain and a date yet to be set for China.

The Invisible Man dipped from last weekend’s first place coming in second with an estimated $15.2 million. The movie has earned $52.7 million after ten days and a budget of just $7 million. Internationally, the film added $17.3 million for an overseas total of $45.6 million.

The Way Back debuted in third place with an estimated $8.5 million. It too was on the lower end of expectations for the opening. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore with a crowd that was 53% female and 87% of the audience was aged 25 or older. The movie debuted in 14 overseas markets with an estimated $640,000 from 448 screens. The next key markets open in April.

Sonic the Hedgehog ran into fourth place with an estimated $8 million. Internationally, the film added $12 million. The film has earned $295.6 million worldwide after four weeks.

Rounding out the top five was The Call of the Wild which earned an estimated $7 million to bring its domestic total to $57.4 million. Internationally, the film added $4.8 million to bring that total to $42.1 million.

When it comes to comic films…

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn came in at #8 with an estimated $2.2 million to bring its domestic total to $82.6 million.

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising was #10 after last week’s debut at #4. The film added $1.5 million to its domestic total to bring that to $12.7 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2019 and 2020’s comic films!

Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipated Comics Critics

Perfectly choreographed fights against sexists who had it coming! Does DC Entertainment‘s Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey movie keep the spirit of the beloved comics alive? From the comics to the big screen we’ve got an expert panel:

Nadia Shammas is an Arab-American comic writer and native Brooklynite. She’s best known for being the creator of CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments and the author/co-creator of SQUIRE, a YA Middle Eastern fantasy set from HarperCollins next year. You can find her and her movie takes on Twitter https://twitter.com/Nadia_Shammas_

Véronique Emma Houxbois is a fiercely queer critic, cartoonist, and consultant hosting Read From the Rafters on YouTube as her drag persona Judith Slays. Named one of SyFy’s Most Influential Women in Genre 2017, her credits include Love is Love for IDW/DC, Critical Chips Volume 2 for Shortbox, and Called into Being: 200 Years of Frankenstein. https://twitter.com/EmmaHouxbois

Sara Century is a writer of short stories, articles about comics and film, and many, many zines. She is an artist, comic creator, and filmmaker as well as co-host of the weekly podcast Bitches on Comics. https://twitter.com/saracentury

Join us for:

  • New Yorkers’ opinions on Harley’s accent & parking in Gotham
  • “Disaster capitalism, Spirit Halloween costume” Emma on some of Harley’s prior unfortunate looks
  • A chaotic neutral Batman and Robin
  • Asking for more explicit conversation about why cops are pigs
  • How I define Harley’s real superpower

Sonic the Hedgehog Runs Into First with a Record

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog raced into first place at the box office. Over the four days, the film earned an estimated $68 million. It’s the fourth largest Presidents’ Day opening ever. It may go even higher once the final numbers come in. For the three days, the film earned $57 million making it the largest three-day opening ever for a video game adaptation.

The film is doing well with reviews which point to a lot of gold rings in its future. The opening audience gave the film an “A” CinemaScore and the film has a 95% audience rating on RottenTomatoes. The film was 56% male with 70% aged under 25 years old.

The film launched in 40 markets earning an estimated $43 million delivering a weekend total over $100 million.

Birds of Prey dropped to second place with about a 48% drop. The film brought in an estimated $17.1 million over the three days and $19.6 million for the four days. That brings the domestic total to $61.7 million. Internationally, the film added $23 million from 78 markets, about a 46% drop. The international total now stands at $83.6 million for a worldwide total of $145.3 million. The film should be well profitable by the time its run is over but the film will definitely send Warner Bros. back to the drawing board.

Third place was a close one with Fantasy Island currently holding the spot with $12.4 million over the three days and $14 million over the four days. The film received a “C-” CinemaScore, a 9% critic rating on RottenTomatoes and a 45% audience score. The crowd was 52% female with 46% aged 25 or older. The film also launched in 35 markets with $7.6 million.

The Photograph was right behind that film with an estimated $12.3 million over the three days and $13.4 million over four days. The audience was 56% female and 64% were aged 25 and older.

Rounding out the top five was Bad Boys for Life which saw just a 6% dip and earning an estimated $11.3 million over three days and $12.8 million for the four days. It also added $11.1 million from overseas. It has now earned $182.8 million domestically and $187 million internationally and $369.8 million worldwide.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into the comic films of 2019 and 2020.

Movie Review: Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Birds of Prey

If you go into Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) thinking it’s fanfic brought to life along with subpar cosplay costumes, cheesy dialogue, and gross misinterpretation of some of DC”s most iconic characters, then yes, the movie was good. If you go into the movie, thinking it should ONLY be called “The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” or simply “Harley Quinn” instead of “Birds of Prey,” then yes, this was a good movie. If you are able to divorce the fact that you have been a fan of this particular comic series since 1998…if you are able to ignore the fact that there is no freakin’ Barbara Gordon as Oracle (you may remember her as the original pre-“New 52” Batgirl)…then yes, it was a good movie.

But let’s not call it “Birds of Prey”.

Sure, sure. I am aware of how they restructured the fan-favorite comic. I recall vaguely Harley Quinn is a member of the “New 52” version of the Suicide Squad. To be honest, I’m not sure how she ended up associated with Birds of Prey. Maybe when Poison Ivy, her bestie, joined the team? IDK. Even more reason for this movie to have its own title to focus solely on Harley Quinn. Because let’s face it: it was all about her emancipation and a motley crew of DC’s anti-heroines who were just along for the ride. And with all the said, I really enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would!

I don’t know what it was, but Margot Robbie seemed cooler as Harley Quinn than she did in Suicide Squad (which incidentally does not come anywhere close to how entertaining Birds of Prey was). She literally had me laughing out loud within the first few minutes especially when she was like “I’m telling the story the way I effin’ want to!” The more obvious attempts at humor like the Cheez Whiz and her getting super drunk or buying a hyena named Bruce was cute, but that didn’t tickle my funny bone. The more subtle humorous scenes made me bray like a donkey. Liiiike Harley jumping onto the driver’s legs, breaking them, then sitting on his lap and correcting him, telling him she has a Ph.D. (okay so maybe that was not meant to be subtle) or when she held the water with the huge cucumber in the bottle. But honestly, it was the egg sandwich with the possibly expired cheese that did it for me. Real tears. Y’all, she had real tears. And can I just say I literally exclaimed “yasss” EVERY TIME Harley was tearing up those kneecaps with aluminum baseball pats and sledgehammers? She was poetry in motion; violent gory poetry. And the lighter…! We got a chance to see her vulnerable side that finally sold me on Margot Robbie’s take on this hilarious epic character. The “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” scene had me hype. So well done.

The rest of the cast was a mixed bag of nuts. And not the good kind.

I’ll start off with this: I am NOT a fan of when they change the ethnicity of a particular character. Especially ones you’ve grown up knowing and loving. With that said, I was not a fan of Jurnee Smollett-Bell being cast as Dinah Lance a.k.a. Black effin’ Canary. But what can you do, right? Also, I was not a fan of the changed origin. But I will give credit where it is due. Jurnee did a good job and the way she kicked some ass was reminiscent of the Black Canary I know and love. I mean, who else can fight like that while wearing stylish tight as hell pants? And she really can sing!

“They call me…Ramona Flowers”. Let me stop, haha. Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress gave me mixed feelings. On one hand, Helena Bertinelli has been a fave of my since my teens so seeing her on the screen was nice. It would have been nicer if she actually, I dunno,  resembled her comic book counterpart? How are you going to go around assassinating people while wearing a Missy Elliot garbage bag poncho and no mask? She was like a lazy cosplayer. I’m sure the comic book version would have used the crossbow on the movie version. I must admit, she does redeem herself. Just a little too late.

Rosie Perez’s Renee Montoya actually surprised me. She was gritty, oddly funny, and true to character. She put me in the mind of Renee’s journey of redemption in 2006’s much-lauded “52” series. I actually sighed with relief when the movie touched on one major part of her character growth. And yes, that tied to the “52” book. I won’t say what it was. I won’t spoil. I’m not a savage. And may I add that Rosie Perez still looks amazing? She was certainly “fighting the power” in this movie. But there was no dancing like in Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing”.

And then there’s Cassandra Cain played by Ella Jay Basco. Cute kid. She was your average Forever 21 shopper specializing in early 90’s fashion. Like I said: cute kid. Only the Cassandra Cain we know used to run around in a featureless snitched Batgirl mask and kick some serious ass. We got none of that in this movie! She was a liability throughout the entire movie. If she was not so integral to the plot (stay with me) I would have dragged her by her arm cast to No Man’s Land myself.

Now for the “Big Bad”: Roman Sionis/Black Mask portrayed by the truly versatile Ewan McGregor. He was actually a delight to watch on screen. He was funnier than Jared Leto’s Joker without even trying. I loved his sense of style and his BDSM-esque art involving the black mask was appropriate. Also, I’m positive Chris Messina’s Victor Zsasz was secretly in love with him. He kept saying “eww” and “kay” which was hilarious. But honestly, McGregor has always had the singular talent of becoming whomever he played in a movie. This experience was no different. Birds of Prey is the better for it.

The film didn’t deserve the measly $33 million it grossed opening weekend. As stated before, I so thoroughly enjoyed the insane hijinks of this wildly unpredictable, satisfying, but fanfic-y take on Birds of Prey. I was prepared to go into this movie hating it, but it had the opposite effect. The non-linear storytelling, overall fun and engaging characters, and the fantastic fight scenes (especially when Harley was fighting solo) was something right up my alley. The camaraderie and sense of sisterhood and women empowerment was unmistakable and I’m totally here for that! I would love to see a sequel or spin-off movies. It’s deserving of that. Also, is there a post-credits scene? Yes and no. Go check it out. And let me know what you thought, puddin’.

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Birds of Prey Gets a Second Trailer

With less than a month to go, Birds of Prey has gotten a second trailer giving us a better idea as to what we can expect. Gotham’s worst brings out their best. Meet Harley Quinn, Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain.

You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress; Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary; Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya; Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz; and Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis. Newcomer Ella Jay Basco also stars as Cassandra “Cass” Cain in her feature film debut.

Directed by Cathy Yan from a script by Christina Hodson, the film is based on characters from DC Comics.

Birds of Prey is in theaters February 7, 2020.

NYCC 2019: Harley Quinn Gets the Spotlight

Harley Quinn

New York Comic-Con is getting sassy as DC and Warner Bros. bring Harley Quinn to Gotham City in a big way!

In celebration of the much-anticipated release of the new DC Universe original animated series Harley Quinn, as well as her upcoming feature in which she teams up with a gang of absolutely kickass DC girls, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), fans will have multiple opportunities to interact with this beloved character from comics, TV and film, including a mix of fun activations, stunts…and a surprise or two!

BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)

The DC booth #SC4001 opens on Thursday with the reveal of several never-before-seen Birds of Prey character costumes from the film, including Harley Quinn, Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain. Fans can take part in photo opportunities, giveaways and cosplay meet-ups, as well as be the first to see new lifestyle products inspired by the filmIn addition to Funko’s collectible Pop! figures, Harley devotees can look for exclusive fashion collections from premier brands and retailers! In addition, on Saturday and Sunday, the DC booth will transform into the ultimate Harley playground with – because, of course, with Harley you should expect the unexpected – special surprises.

Outside the convention center, and all across the city, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Birds of Prey… will tantalize fans with eye-popping, psychedelic, Harley-ized billboards popping up everywhere. So be on the lookout – meaning, look up!

HARLEY QUINN POP-UP GALLERY

The mayhem continues on Friday, October 4 at DC Universe’s Headquarters #DCUHQ at the Hudson Yards Loft with the debut of “The Fantabulous Evolution of One Harley Quinn Gallery”, an immersive pop-up installation.

The Fantabulous Evolution of One Harley Quinn Gallery, just steps from the Javits Center, and open to the public, Harley will reign from the original concept sketch for Batman: The Animated Series through the theatrical release of Birds of Prey cover art

No Badge Required! This fun, interactive exhibit will invite fans to experience the evolution of DC’s most delightfully deranged Super-Villain. From her first comic book appearance to her upcoming animated series and her next big-screen adventure, get a sneak peek at all things Harley Quinn including special edition cover art, original and exclusive art from the new animated series as well as model sheets, sketches, collectibles, props, costumes and more.  The exhibit will feature art by Amanda Conner, Jim Lee and Bruce Timm, among others. No badges, tickets or reservations required!

HARLEY QUINN ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES ONLY ON DCU

Fans will also get a chance to catch an early look at DC UNIVERSE’s adult animated action-comedy series Harley Quinn on Sunday, October 6 at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden at 1:05 pm. (NYCC badge required.)

PANEL: HARLEY QUINN IN COMICS 

Harley Quinn continues to have an important role in the DC Publishing line. She’ll be celebrated at the convention with a panel, hosted by Damian Holbrook, and featuring writers and artists currently working on the following titles that will be promoted at NYCC on Saturday, October 5th from 5:15-6:15 (Room 1A21).

  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass – Written by Mariko Tamaki, with art by Steve Pugh. A young adult graphic novel on sale now!
  • Harley Quinn monthly series – Written by Sam Humphries, with art by Sami Basri; Issue #66 on sale October
  • Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity – Written by Kami Garcia; art by Mico Suayan and Mike Mayhew; Issue #1 on sale October 9
  • Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year – Written by Mark Russell; issue #1 on sale December 18
  • Birds of Prey  – Written by Brian Azzarello; Art by Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy; Issue #1 on sale in February 2020

Is That a Birds of Prey Teaser?

A new Youtube channel called CheekySneakyPeeky (which joined on January 25) has posted up a video that looks to be a teaser for the upcoming film Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

This is on top of a first look at Margot Robbie who will reprise her role as Harley Quinn.

Birds of Prey is currently in production and stars Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Helen Bertinelli/Huntress, Derek Wilson as Tim Evans, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, Matthew Willig as Happy, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Dinah Lance/Black Canary, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya.