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Birds Of Prey underwhelms with $46m North American opening

LOS ANGELES : Birds Of Prey flew much lower than expected in its debut, collecting just US$33.3 million (S$46 million) at the North American box office.

The spin-off sequel to 2016's Suicide Squad - seeing Margot Robbie reprise her role as Harley Quinn - now holds the ignominious distinction as the worst opening from any film in the DC Extended Universe.

That is somewhat of a surprise, since reviews for Birds Of Prey were much stronger than its predecessor, which debuted with US$133 million.

However, Suicide Squad was rated PG13 and boasted higher-profile comic book characters like the Joker.

Birds Of Prey, which cost US$80 million, was not expected to reach those figures since it is rated R and stars mostly unknown anti-heroes, but it was on course to make around US$50 million heading into the weekend.

The film also opened overseas, generating US$48 million from 78 international markets.

But in parts of South-east Asia, fears of coronavirus are impacting movie-going.

After three weeks as reigning champ, Bad Boys For Life dropped to second place with US$12 million.

The third film in the Bad Boys series, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has made an impressive US$166 million to date. - REUTERS

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