Warner Bros. was hoping to take advantage of Margot Robbie’s star status and Harley Quinn’s breakout in Suicide Squad to launch a new franchise.
Instead it’s back to the drawing board as Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) failed to make much of a dent in the box office with a disappointing $34 million opening.
Critics generally enjoyed the film as it scored an 82 percent freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. Verified audience members on RT also had a favorable take with 84 percent freshness. That didn’t translate to much audience interest however.
I wonder if Warner Bros. shortchanged itself with this approach. It seems like audiences would have been all-in with a stand-alone Harley Quinn movie or a Birds of Prey movie. Squeezing them into one movie might have been too much.
Additionally, I wasn’t a fan of the lack of costumes. Putting the BOP in standard clothing takes away some of the uniqueness of the characters. Instead, they took comic book characters and made them into a regular crew.
With a reported $80 million budget, this should turn a profit even if it won’t be a major hit. Worldwide, BOP is looking at a $18.1 million opening.
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