12 COVID-Era Box Office Flops That Deserve Another Chance

Birds of Prey (aka Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn aka Birds of Prey and Harley Quinn) had the misfortune to be released just on the cusp of COVID: awareness of the pandemic was on the rise throughout the month of February 2020, cutting into the film’s already disappointing box office returns. Marketing was a problem, with the studio seemingly unable to decide if this was to be primarily vehicle for Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, or an ensemble team movie (thus the three different titles, depending on where you saw it advertised).

In any event, it’s too bad people missed out: it’s the funniest and zippiest of the entire modern DC movie stable, with stunning action direction from Cathy Yan that anticipates (and often betters) the tone of the more recent Suicide Squad. It didn’t do miserably at the box office, but it didn’t make back its budget, either.

Where to stream: HBO Max

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