Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan has spoken out about the film’s box office performance and the frustrations that came with it.
It’s no secret that Birds of Prey didn’t reach the box office numbers that most were projecting for it. The film would ultimately go on to earn over $200M worldwide on an $85M budget, but many of the initial headline for the film’s weekend box office performance all but labeled it as a dud and projected a loss for the studio. Many have their own theories as to why the film did not meet up to these expectations and director Cathy Yan is well aware of them.
While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Cathy Yan talked about Birds of Prey‘s box office performance, the expectations the film, and how everyone was quick to give their own interpretation as to why the film did not perform as well as some predicted:
Yeah, I think that if you actually look at the details of the budget breakdown… I know that the studio had really high expectations for the movie — as we all did. There were also undo 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. That was an extra burden that, as a woman-of-color director, I already had on me anyway. 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.
What do you all make of Cathy Yan’s words? Do you think that the film’s box office performance was unfairly judged? What do you think affected Birds of Prey‘s box office performances? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for Birds of Prey:
“You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.”
Directed by Cathy Yan from a script penned by Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Ali Wong, Robert Catrini, and Michael Masini have also been cast in undisclosed roles.
Birds of Prey is now available for digital purchase on Fandango’s streaming service, FandangoNOW, and other digital platforms.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter