Birds Of Prey Director Reflects On The Movie's Box Office

Director Cathy Yan says people jumped to conclusions about the the movie's performance in theatres.

Birds of Prey made more than $200 million at the global box office, against a budget of around $84.5 million. The movie didn't make the kind of money that other superhero projects make, but the budget was smaller, it was a spin-off, and it was rated R, so that makes comparisons to other DC or Marvel films flimsy. Director Cathy Yan has now reflected on the Birds of Prey box office narrative among some pockets of the audience and press, saying people were too quick to pounce on the movie and label it a failure.

"I know that the studio had really high expectations for the movie--as we all did. There were also undue expectations on a female-led movie, and what I was most disappointed in was this idea that perhaps it proved that we weren't ready for this yet," she explained to The Hollywood Reporter. "That was an extra burden that, as a woman-of-color director, I already had on me anyway."

She added: "So, yes, I think there were certainly different ways you could interpret the success or lack of success of the movie, and everyone has a right to do that. But, I definitely do feel that everyone was pretty quick to jump on a certain angle."

Birds of Prey is the fourth-biggest film of 2020 based on box office results, only trailing Dolittle ($226 million), Sonic the Hedgehog ($306 million), and Bad Boys for Life ($425 million). Box office numbers for periods after March and until the COVID-19 crisis subsides won't mean much, however, as virtually all theatres in the US and other parts of the world are closed.

In other news, Yan has told The Wrap that she has ideas for a Birds of Prey sequel focusing on the relationship between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. However, DC has not yet officially announced a sequel.

Birds Of Prey recently received an expedited digital release due to the pandemic, and it is currently available to stream. For more, check out GameSpot's Birds of Prey review.

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