With the previous successes, Warner Bros. has had with DC Universe in “Wonder Woman,” “Aquaman” and “Joker,” “Birds of Prey” was expected to have all the makings of the blockbuster movie of the year and so far has failed to live up to the hype on paper.
The movie stumbled out the gate debuting at $33 million in North America. Despite such discouraging ticket sales it was enough to place first on domestic box office charts, which was well below Warner Bros’ $45million projections. The R-rated superhero movie which is the DC Universe’s latest comic-book offering opted to change its name from Birds of Prey ( And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) to Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, with the hopes of boosting ticket sales but that wasn’t the case as it still didn’t come up to scratch when it launched with $48 million at the international box office bringing its global haul to $81 million.
Despite given a fresh 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore rating the first slow start came up as a shock. There is an argument that the reason it is terrible on paper is because of the movie is the first R-rated movie in the DCEU. The last time this happened was the DCU release of Shazam but with Birds of Fury’s poor results on its opening week, we all know whos the new record holder.
What do you think about this news? Do you think a title change can give Margot Robbie’s film the boost it needs in ticket sales? Let us know what your thought are in the comments below!