Did the weekend Box Office predict the Oscar winners?

The answer will (probably not) shock you. Let's look at the weekend's numbers, in the wake of a very surprising Oscars ceremony.

In a nutshell: not really. Who knew great films don’t always bring in the dime? That said, some of them do okay: this week we said hello to the fun, feminist answer to The Joker: it’s the Margot Robbie-produced Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn)! The film might be struggling in box offices around the world, but Aussies are lapping it up: the comic book romp debuted in the number one spot this weekend, with a total taking of $3,850,525 across 528 screens, for a screen average of $7,293. We’d love to see Harley’s adventures give its sad clown counterpart a run for its money; let’s see how the numbers track, over the next few weeks.

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob