'Birds Of Prey' 27% down from 'Shazam', lowest for a DCEU movie

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Dorothy Lac in TV & Movies

07 February 2020, 03:34 GMT

All set to hit the screens on February 7 with great reviews, ‘Birds of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn’ is projected to have the (DC Extended Universe) DCEU's lowest opening weekend.

Critics are in agreement Birds of Prey is a fun, action-packed ride fueled by another dedicated Margot Robbie performance as the title character. And with Birds of Prey facing minimal competition at the box office this week, it's all but assured to land the top spot on the charts.

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Back in December, initial estimates had the film earning between $40-60 million domestically, which would be the lowest debut in the DCEU's history.

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According to Box Office Pro, Birds of Prey is on pace to gross approximately $48 million domestically in its first three days. That figure comes in a little less than last year's Shazam ($53.5 million) and well below Aquaman ($67.8 million).


However, considering the reviews are glowing, positive word-of-mouth could just boost sales. That being said, Shazam did in fact, make $140 million total in the US and $363 million worldwide.  'Birds Of Prey' might just follow suit.

'Birds Of Prey' tells the story of Harley Quinn (Robbie), who has just broken up with Joker. Relationships can go to hell, Harley Quinn decides to have some fun with her girl gang. Though Jared Leto portrayed the Joker in the 2016 dud 'Suicide Squad', Robbie asserted that the Joker will not appear in the film, not even as a cameo.

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In an earlier interview with Variety, Robbie said she didn't know why the 'unstable and brilliant' character would want to stay in a relationship with Joker, who wants to kill her most of the time. So she did some research, where she listened to TED Talks by women with schizophrenia. She immersed herself in the world of DC and read the comics too. 

"Harley has this unpredictable nature that means she could react in any way to any situation, which as an actor is just a gift," said Robbie.

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