Box Office: ‘Birds of Prey’ Disappoints With $33 Million Debut
“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” flew much lower than expected in its debut, collecting just $33.25 million from 4,236 U.S.
theaters.The sequel to 2016’s “Suicide Squad” — seeing Margot Robbie reprise her role as Harley Quinn– now holds the ignominious distinction as the worst opening for any film in the DC Extended Universe.
Prior to “Birds of Prey,” the PG-13 “Shazam” had the lowest launch with $53 million.That’s somewhat of a surprise, since reviews for “Birds of Prey” were much stronger than its predecessor, which debuted with $133 million.
However, “Suicide Squad” was rated PG-13 and boasted higher profile comic-book characters like the Joker.
Birds of Prey” wasn’t expected to reach those figures since it’s rated R and stars mostly unknown antiheroes, but it was on course to make around $50 million heading into the weekend.“Birds of Prey,” which cost roughly $80 million million
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