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‘Birds of Prey’ takes box office #1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” the DC Comics’ Harley Quinn spinoff, made a tepid debut in theaters over the weekend, opening in No. 1 but below expectations with $33.3 million domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday.

It had been expected to open around $50 million. It fared similarly overseas, grossing an estimated $48 million from 78 international markets.

After three weeks atop the box office, Sony Picture’s “Bad Boys for Life” dropped to second with $12 million in its fourth weekend. The action comedy, which reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has grossed $336 million worldwide.

Ahead of the Academy Awards, several nominees padded their ticket-sales totals. Universal’s “1917,” the Sam Mendes-directed World War I film, took in another $9 million in its seventh weekend, good for third place. The film, a favorite for Sunday night, has grossed $132.5 million domestically and $287.4 million globally.

Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out,” nominated for best screenplay, added $2.4 million, bringing its North American total to $158.9 million.

Greta Gerwig’s Louisa May Alcott adaptation “Little Women,” up for six Oscars including best picture, also ranked in the top 10 with $2.3 million. Its seven-week domestic total is $102.7 million.

By Kerry Minor

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