‘Birds of Prey’ has been renamed ‘Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey’

This cover image released by Atlantic Records shows 'Birds Of Prey: The Album,' the original motion picture soundtrack. Atlantic Records via AP

Despite the film being in the midst of its theatrical run, Warner Bros. has made the decision to rename the box office flop that was once known as Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn — or its abridged and more commonly used title, Birds of Prey.

The long-awaited, Margot Robbie-starring, DC Comics film will now officially be marketed as Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey — less than a week after its release — according to Entertainment Weekly.

Warner Bros. has not explained the reason for its decision yet; however, of the eight DC Extended Universe (DCEU) films, Birds of Prey — correction, Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey — had the worst opening weekend to date, pulling in only US$33 million domestically.

The Cathy Yan-directed film pulled in $81 million worldwide, just short of breaking even with its $82 million budget, according to Variety.

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Though it didn’t perform so “fantabulously” at the box office, Birds of Prey has garnered generally positive reviews from critics, with an even warmer reception coming from comic book fans and movie-goers alike — prompting much confusion about Warner Bros.’ recent decision.

READ MORE: ‘Birds of Prey’ reviews — What the critics are saying

The Verge reported that renaming the Suicide Squad (2016) sequel might have been an effort to make the film more SEO-friendly — meaning it’s marketed to be found as simply as possible through online search engines.

Seeing as Harley Quinn is the main character and an already well-known comic book character, the outlet suggested that it would make more sense for audiences to search for “Harley Quinn” as opposed to “Birds of Prey” if they were unfamiliar with the film.

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The titular change has already been made in many U.S. cinemas, including AMCCinemark and Regal.

This, however, doesn’t seem to be the case — at least not yet — in select Canadian theatres, such as Landmark Cinemas and entertainment giant Cineplex. The former currently has the R-rated flick listed as simply Birds of Prey.

Cineplex, on the other hand, told Global News its still in the process of updating the title, but in the meantime, uses the entirety of its lengthy name.

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Global News has reached out to a representative of Warner Bros. seeking comment.

Birds of Prey is now playing in cinemas across Canada. You can see the trailer in the video above.

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