5 Reasons Why ‘Birds of Prey’ Didn’t Take Flight at the Box Office

Harley Quinn just might not be as popular as we thought

What was supposed to be a weekend that kept January’s brisk box office pace going turned upside down quickly as Warner Bros.’ “Birds of Prey” failed to take flight on its opening weekend. With a $33 million debut, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn fell well short of the $55 million projections that independent trackers had set this past week.

Much like “Doctor Sleep,” a Warner Bros. film that got strong reception from its audience but failed to grow that audience enough, “Birds of Prey” did well with those who saw it. Critics gave it a 83% Rotten Tomatoes score while audiences gave it a B+ on CinemaScore and a 4/5 on Postrak. While that word of mouth may help reduce the film’s drop next weekend, it will now take incredible legs and help from an overseas market hit hard by the coronavirus for this film to do more than break even.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster