Birds of Prey hasn’t been doing too well at the box office in its opening few days.
This could be down to a multitude of reasons: people not being too familiar with the Birds of Prey comics, for instance.
There’s also the fact that it’s a comic book movie with a primarily female cast.
I’m not saying that could be the reason, but it seems as though audiences haven’t been flocking to their local cinemas to watch it.
All this despite the film’s very positive reviews.
Personally, I loved it and really would like to see it a second time.
One of the reasons for the film’s poor box office performance, according to Warner Bros. Pictures’ recent statement, might be the coronavirus outbreak.
The movie studio has claimed that the coronavirus outbreak has impacted box office takings in Asia.
The problem with this statement is that the film doesn’t even have a release scheduled in China.
Is coronavirus to blame for Birds of Prey’s box office opening?
Suicide Squad never even opened over there and that his over $750 million at the box office despite being utter rubbish
Cinemas in China have shut down about the coronavirus outbreak.
China is the second second-largest movie market in the world after the United States.
However, other outlets, such as Business Insider, have offered a more logical explanation for Birds of Prey’s low box office takings.
Birds of Prey is an R-rated movie, which means that it’s excluding younger fans who can’t see the movie.
This might not have been an issue with Joker because older audiences might have been more willing to see the movie due to its Oscar buzz.
There’s been no Oscar buzz surrounding Birds of Prey, and a large section of Harley Quinn’s appeal with be with younger audiences.
Birds of Prey was directed by Cathy Yan and produced by Margot Robbie.
Margot Robbie will play Harley Quinn again in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.
This movie will be basically a reboot of the movie franchise following David Ayer’s disastrous 2016 movie.
What do you make of this? Do you think coronavirus has had anything to do with Birds of Prey’s poor box office performance?
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