Disc Puts ‘Birds of Prey’ Atop U.K. Film Chart

With scant new releases due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Warner Home Video’s Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn re-entered the U.K.’s Official Film Chart in the No. 1 position for the first time for the week ended June 24 following its release on 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray and DVD.

Originally peaking at No. 3 from its digital release in April, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) standalone sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and chronicles the character’s adventures after splitting up with the Joker. Quinn teams up with superheroes Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and tough cop Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to save a young girl being targeted by nefarious crime lord Roman Sionis/The Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).

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Universal Pictures’ Dolittle moved up to the No. 2 spot, ahead of eOne’s 1917. The Personal History of David Copperfield (Lionsgate U.K.) jumped 20 spots to No. 4. Set in the 1840s, this modernistic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical classic was written and directed by Armando Ianucci and stars Dev Patel as the eponymous character.

The previous week’s No. 1 release, Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount Pictures) fell to fifth, ahead of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s perennial Top 10 placer Bad Boys for Life. Animated feature Onward (Disney) dropped to seventh, just ahead of Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which returned to the Top 10 in eighth position.

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Disc also helped Disney/Fox’s The Call of the Wild re-enter the chart in ninth, while Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level remained in the Top 10 for the 12th straight week.

Warner’s ‘Birds of Prey’ Now Available for Digital Rental at $5.99

Following the early availability of  Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn two weeks ago for digital purchase at $19.99, Warner Bros. has made the recent theatrical release available for digital rental at $5.99 across all digital platforms.

The anti-heroine ‘R’-rated DC Films movie starring Margot Robbie opened theatrically Feb. 7 and generated about $200 million at the global box office before theaters went dark in mid-March.

Consumers are still able to purchase the film digitally for $19.99.

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Birds of Prey was released early for digital purchase on March 24 as the coronavirus pandemic began forcing theaters to shutter operations to avoid possibly spreading the disease.

Universal Pictures’ recent theatrical releases The Invisible Man, The Hunt and Emma, along with Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot, also were released to home audiences early, but for rental only at $19.99.

Not surprisingly, Birds of Prey is No. 1 on iTunes.

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The Invisible Man will become available for purchase through digital retailers on May 12 — at a non-premium price — and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD on May 26.

Warner Bros. Offering Early ‘Birds of Prey’ Digital Access

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will begin selling Birds of Prey through digital retailers March 24.

The latest DC Comics movie, which is still technically in the traditional 90-day theatrical window, has generated almost $200 million at the global box office, including $84 million domestically since its Feb. 7 release. It stars Margot Robbie as the sometimes supervillain, sometimes antihero Harley Quinn.

After its first week in theaters, Warner began marketing the title as Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey in an attempt to boost viewer interest.

Packaged-media details were not announced. Amazon has Birds of Prey available for preorder with pricing from $17.99 for DVD, $24.99 for Blu-ray, and $29.99 for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

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