Not even the combined girl power of hitmakers Megan Thee Stallion, Summer Walker, Normani, Halsey, Doja Cat, Saweetie, and more were enough to help DC’s ‘Birds of Prey’ soundtrack soar to the top of the Billboard 200, a feat evidenced by its predicted first week sales.
The project, released on February 7 to coincide with the premiere of the film of the same name, was preceded by singles Stallion & Normani’s ‘Diamonds,’ Saweetie’s ‘Sway with Me,’ and Doja Cat‘s ‘Boss B*tch’ – all of which failed to impact the Hot 100 (as of time reported). A demonstration of the lack of buzz accompanying the soundtrack, said absent anticipation was realized once industry analysts unveiled their sales forecast for the week’s top-selling efforts.
Unfortunately, ‘Prey’s companion album is not among them. Details inside:
‘Birds of Prey’ Soundtrack
- First Week Sales Prediction (SPS): <20,000
- First Week Sales Prediction (Pure): <1,000
- First Week Chart Prediction: TBD
“Birds of Prey‘s first weekend wasn’t exactly Fantabulous at the box office. The DC film opened below expectations with just $33 million domestically, having been projected to earn $50-55 million in its opening weekend.
Birds of Prey has earned $46 million internationally for a worldwide total of $79 million so far, against a reported $82 million budget. It’s estimated that the film will need to gross $250-300 million worldwide to break even.”
A number of reports suggest the movie’s failing at the box office is due to plot misrepresentation, a feature the studio’s changed with hopes of drumming up more buzz.
“But it seems distributor Warner Bros. has a theory of its own [about the film’s shortcoming]: Potential viewers must not be aware that Birds of Prey focuses on Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn. Well, the studio has now taken steps to make that loud and clear…or rather, louder and clearer. Though the film’s official title is Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), take a look at the listings for your local multiplex and you’ll see something slightly different: Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey…”
‘Birds’ bombing comes just three months after the rebooted ‘Charlie’s Angels’ all-girl film and soundtrack suffered a similar fate (click here to read more).
Stream ‘Birds of Prey: the Album’ in full here: