Cathy Yan Reflects On Birds of Prey’s Box Office Performance


Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan reflects on the movie’s box office performance now that it’s no longer in theaters. With a production budget of around $84 million US dollars, Birds of Prey sadly underperformed and only made $201.8 million at the worldwide box office, which is barely breaking even, if you follow the rule of thumb that a film has to make double of its budget to break even.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Yan went on to talk on her disappointment that the movie didn’t meet the high expectation that Warner Bros. and she had for the movie:

“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.”

Birds of Prey is set to be released on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on May 12th, 2020.


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