Updated February 7, 2020 at 3:03 p.m. EST: The international box office receipts are in (via Deadline), and we now have a better picture of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)'s theatrical take so far. The film has grossed $7.8 million outside of North America - which, adding to the $4m domestic take reported below, brings it to an $11.8m start.
That's almost half Suicide Squad earned in its domestic Thursday previews alone ($20.5m), although Deadline attributes that to the PG-13 versus R ratings.
The Hollywood trade reports that Birds of Prey is performing particularly strong in Russia, while being beat out local films in Italy and Korea. The film opens today in the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, and 25 other markets.
Deadline previously projected a $115 to $125m global opening weekend for the film.
Original Story from February 7, 2020 at 12:23 p.m. EST: Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) took in $4 million at the domestic box office in Thursday night preview showings, according to Variety.
The Hollywood trade extrapolates this into a $50-55m domestic opening weekend projection, just ahead of Warner Bros. own reported $45m projections.
The film's predecessor Suicide Squad, which introduced Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, took in $133.7m in its domestic opening weekend in August 2016.
Joker, the last DC theatrical release (which also took place in Gotham City but does not connect to Birds of Prey in continuity) brought in $13.3m in its Thursday night domestic previews, setting a record for an R-rated film.