Margot Robbie has made her mark as Harley Quinn, this time in her own Suicide Squad spinoff Birds of Prey. The DC superhero film hit theaters last night as early as 6PM, clinching a $4 million Thursday night opening.
Considering its budget of nearly $85 million, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is expected to match this amount for its opening weekend. 2016’s Suicide Squad scored a worldwide opening of $267 million on a budget of $175 million, and ended up being the 10th most profitable release of the year despite negative reviews. Birds of Prey seems to be faring far better amongst fans and critics, with early reviews praising its all-female cast, lead performance by Robbie, and fast paced action sequences. It currently holds an 85% on RottenTomatoes, and its PostTrack score, which polls moviegoers leaving the film, averaged at 4 out of 5.
The film additionally features women behind the camera, with Cathy Yun directing and its script penned by Christina Hodson, who also wrote 2018’s Transformers spinoff Bumblebee. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Rosie Perez join Robbie in starring as the titular all-female superhero team. As far as DC films go, it seems they might have a win this time with Birds of Prey, which is currently screening in theaters worldwide.