Birds Of Prey hits $142m, but that makes a less exciting headline

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Birds Of Prey has a solid second week at the box office, as it heads towards profit.

You may have caught wind that, over the last week, there was something of a sport amongst an assortment of movie outlets. They were proclaiming that the new DC movie, Birds Of Prey, was some kind of massive disappointment, because it had made notably less cash than Suicide Squad in its first weekend.

Never let facts get in the way of a headline, of course: the film was much cheaper to make, released in a less lucrative release slot, and still opened to $33m in the US. Not great numbers, sure, but hardly the damning failure some seemed suspiciously keen to paint it as.

Well, in its second weekend, in an era where a big blockbuster tends to lose around 60-70% of its box office, Birds Of Prey held the majority of its. It dropped by 48% in its second weekend, and its American take now stands at $59m. Add in the worldwide numbers too, and the film’s box office sits at $142m.

The film cost $88m to make, and so there’s some way – post-distribution and marketing – before it breaks even. But it will.

Consider us interested in seeing how these second weekend numbers are reported.

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