Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) has a production budget of $75 million, making it the least expensive installment in the DCEU to date.
In a profile on Robbie, Vogue notes that Birds of Prey cost $75 million to produce, which is nothing compared to the price tags of other comic book films.
This makes Birds of Prey the least expensive entry in Warner’s DC Extended Universe, coming in under Shazam! (reportedly $100 million), Wonder Woman ($150m), Aquaman ($160m), Suicide Squad ($175m), Man of Steel ($225m), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($250m), and Justice League ($300m).
Prey also marks the largest project for LuckyChap Entertainment, the five-year-old production company founded by producer and Harley Quinn star Margot Robbie. LuckyChap previously backed the Robbie-led I, Tonya and Terminal.
“Well, we’re on schedule and on budget,” Robbie told Vogue, “which is a wonderful place to be.”
The long-established general rule of thumb is that a film needs to earn twice its production budget at the worldwide box office in order to make back its money. If Birds of Prey really did cost $75 million, then its break even point is a measly $150 million, which seems like a figure it would be able to top in a single weekend.
The Squad spinoff will follow Quinn, separated from abusive boyfriend the Joker (Jared Leto), as she teams with three heroes — Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) — to save young Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from twisted crime lord Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).
Warner Bros. has dated Birds of Prey for February 7, 2020.