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Tuesday February 11st, 2020 morning edition

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Topping the box office, “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” still fell far below projections.

Analysts had expected the film’s domestic opening to reach around $50 million; instead it brought in $33.3 million.

Distributed by Warner Bros., the movie stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the DC Comics figure and sometimes girlfriend of the Joker.

The runaway success Warner Bros. had with “Joker” last year — it grossed over $1 billion worldwide — helped set expectations high.

Directed by Cathy Yan, “Birds of Prey” is a spinoff of the violent ensemble superhero film “Suicide Squad.”

That movie opened to about $134 million in 2016, even though critics panned it.

“Birds of Prey” received warmer reviews (its current Rotten Tomatoes score is 81 percent fresh), and ticket buyers gave it a B+ grade in CinemaScore exit polls. »

Movie Legends Revealed: Mike Myers' Minor Shrek Change Cost Dreamworks $4M

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MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: $4 million worth of animation had to be recreated on Shrek when Mike Myers decided to redo all of his dialogue with a Scottish accent.

Originally, the film's title character was to be played by a real-life giant of a man, Saturday Night Live star Chris Farley.

Sadly, he had not yet completed recording his role when he died of a heart attack in 1997. »

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Rage Against the Machine Announce 2020 Tour

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After announcing their reunion following a nine-year hiatus, Rage Against the Machine have mapped a 2020 world tour.

The extensive tour dates arrive after the previously announced March warm-up shows and festival headlining slots, including Coachella, Boston Calling and Firefly.

Rage Against the Machine Tour Dates. »