Birds of Prey earns an R rating for violence and more

It has been suggested and rumored for ages that Birds of Prey would receive an R rating, and it has finally been confirmed by the MPAA.

The R rating was bestowed on the film this week for multiple reasons.

Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, and some sexual and drug material.

The earliest projections for the opening weekend box office pegged the film to open around $49 million. R ratings used to be viewed as a limitation on the box office potential of a film, but the recent monstrous success of Joker, that seems to be an idea that has been aging out.

With Warner Bros. apparently pulling out all the stops for the soundtrack, the continuing interest in Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn, and new characters audiences will be meeting, we aren’t going to be surprised to see projections creeping up.

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will be the first appearance of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn since Suicide Squad. She will be joined by Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the Huntress, while Jurnee Smollett-Bell will be playing Black Canary. Rosie Perez will be playing Renee Montoya, and Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain as well. And Ewan McGregor joined the cast as Gotham City villain Black Mask.

The Birds of Prey movie is scheduled to hit theaters on Feb. 7, 2020.

SOURCE: Film Ratings