The Birds of Prey opening weekend just passed and it is not doing too well. Margot Robbie stars as Harley Quinn in this solo-ish DC film “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” which opened way below expectations this past weekend in the US. Analysts had expected the film’s US opening to reach around $50 million but instead, it brought in $33.3 million.
The predicted opening numbers were already much lower than most DC films when compared to the likes of Suicide Squad which opened to $134 million back in 2016. Birds of Prey received some positive reviews, even scoring higher than Suicide Squad but the positive reception does not mean the movie did well at all.
Birds of Prey had a reported $84.5 million budget and raked in an additional $48 million worldwide over the weekend almost hitting its target to break even. With that being said, its numbers are extremely low and it is not a good sign for the weeks ahead.
Variety suggests there are a few factors that have gone into the low opening of the film including the fact that it is R-rated which cuts out younger audience members. The Coronavirus is also a big threat to moviegoers in the southeast of Asia which Warner Bros was counting on.
How did the film stack up in SA? We don’t know yet but we have reached to query Birds of Prey’s South African box office opening weekend and we will update you accordingly.
If you have not watched it yet and want to know if there is a post-credit scene then check out our guide to the film here.