Box Office: ‘Angry Birds’ Conquers ‘Captain America: Civil War’
It was a tight race for the top spot at the weekend box office, but when the dust cleared, one movie had flown to the top of the heap: The Angry Birds Movie is the new No. 1 movie in America, toppling Captain America: Civil War, which held the top spot for the past two weeks.
Directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, The Angry Birds Movie performed well above expectations, earning a solid $39 million in North America. Coupled with international ticket sales, the film has earned around $94 million this weekend alone. When you factor in that this opened early in some international markets, the worldwide total for The Angry Birds Movie is actually closer to $150 million. That’s not bad for a movie based on a mobile game. Seriously, when this movie was announced, how many people wrote it off, and how many actually called its success? At some level, I probably should have seen this coming, but alas, I didn’t think they’d be able to get enough of a story out of this to draw an audience. Glad to be proven wrong.
Naturally, the successful opening of The Angry Birds Movie was enough to keep ahead of Marvel and Disney’s summer juggernaut, as Captain America: Civil War fell to No. 2 with $33.1 million. However, the flick is still an enormous success, considering the North American gross alone is at $347.4 million so far. When you count global sales, the movie is already north of $1 billion, becoming the 10th Disney-produced film to reach that milestone. And that’s not all: Captain America: Civil War is now the 19th highest-grossing film in history worldwide! That’s kind of crazy for a film in its third week. Then again, this IS Disney/Marvel, so I suppose it’s really not that surprising.
What definitely isn’t a surprise, however, is that the other newcomers this week didn’t stand much of a chance. Of the other newbies, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising did the best…which still wasn’t very good. With roughly $21.8 million for the weekend, the movie is shaping up to be a major disappointment for Universal. After all, the first film surprised everyone in 2014 with a $49 million debut. At the start of the summer movie season! Although original stars Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron returned for the sequel alongside franchise newcomer Chloe Grace Moretz, their combined star power didn’t really translate to box office receipts. Then again, it was kind of a tough week for this film, with Captain America: Civil War still performing well, and The Angry Birds Movie essentially taking the box office by storm.
Neighbors 2 wasn’t alone in struggling, as The Nice Guys seriously underperformed. Starring Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling and Oscar winner Russell Crowe, director Shane Black’s film about two men teaming up to locate a missing woman in California circa the 1970s came in at No. 4 with an underwhelming $11.3 million. The one positive of this disappointing number is that Warner Bros. acquired the film rather than producing it themselves, meaning the loss they’ll incur won’t be as steep. But it’s still not looking good for the studio, unfortunately.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Disney’s The Jungle Book, which remains one of this year’s biggest hits. With its $11 million haul this week, the movie has brought in a domestic total of $327.5 million, nearly enough to rival Captain America: Civil War. Worldwide, The Jungle Book is inching closer to the $1 billion milestone, with a total hovering around $858 million.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 05/16/2016
1. The Angry Birds Movie ($39 million)
2. Captain America: Civil War ($33.1 million)
3. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising ($21.8 million)
4. The Nice Guys ($11.3 million)
5. The Jungle Book ($11 million)
6. Money Monster ($7.1 million)
7. The Darkness ($2.4 million)
8. Zootopia ($1.7 million)
9. The Huntsman: Winter’s War ($1.2 million)
10. Mother’s Day ($1.1 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
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