“Birds of Prey” underperformed at the box office this weekend, so it’s being tweaked to emphasize Margot Robbie’s character, Harley Quinn.
While it earned $33 million and was the #1 film in the country, it failed to meet projections that had expected the “Suicide Squad” spin-off to rake in between $50-$55 million.
In an apparent move to try and remind audiences about the film’s main character, the action pic is now being listed as “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey,” reported Entertainment Weekly.
Believe it or not, the movie’s official title is “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).” But with that being a mouthful, most simply referred to it as “Birds of Prey.” Unfortunately, some believe not including Robbie’s character’s name in the title may have been partly to blame for its lackluster debut.
Although Warner Bros. has not confirmed the reason for the name change, the three major movie theater chains (AMC, Regal and Cinemark) now sport the new “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” title in its listings.
Robbie first played the breakout character alongside Jared Leto as the Joker in the 2016 film "Suicide Squad."
Based on the DC Comics, the movie follows Quinn after breaking up with the Joker and as she forms a new squadron of female antiheroes.
Along with Robbie, the film co-stars Rosie Perez as Detective Renee Montoya, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary. The four join forces to battle Gotham City mobster Black Mask, played by Ewan MacGregor.
Despite its muted box office performance, the film has gotten good reviews and currently has an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Whatever you choose to call it, “Birds of Prey” is in theaters now.