The Angry Birds Movie flocks to first place worldwide
Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation‘s The Angry Birds Movie opened to a strong $94 million at the worldwide box office this weekend. Animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks, the 3D-animated film earned an estimated $39 million in its opening weekend in 3,932 North American theaters, for an average of $9,919 per theater. The film started its international rollout on May 11 and its worldwide total is now $150 million.
Featuring the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage, The Angry Birds Movie was directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis from a script by Jon Vitti. The adaptation of the popular games cost about $73 million and was fully financed by Rovio. The Angry Birds Movie received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.
Despite dropping to second place, Marvel Studios‘ Captain America: Civil War added another $33.1 million domestically and $30.7 million internationally for a global weekend of $63.8 million. The Anthony and Joe Russo-directed blockbuster has now earned $347.4 million in North America and $706.1 million overseas for a worldwide total of $1.053 billion. On Friday, Captain America: Civil War became the fourth Marvel Cinematic Universe film to surpass the $1 billion threshold, joining The Avengers ($1.518 billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion), and Iron Man 3 ($1.215 billion). The film is Disney’s 10th billion-dollar release out of the 25 films that have reached this milestone in the history of the industry. Made for $250 million, Captain America: Civil War has now passed The Dark Knight, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to become the 19th highest-grossing movie of all-time to date worldwide.
Universal Pictures sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising debuted in third place with an estimated $21.8 million from 3,384 theaters, for an average of $6,439 per theater. Internationally, the comedy added $6 million this weekend for an overseas total of $30 million and global sum of $51.8 million so far. Receiving a B CinemaScore, Neighbors 2 opened with less than half of the original, with Neighbors taking in over $49 million domestically its first weekend in 2014. Directed by Nicholas Stoller, the R-rated film stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloe Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kiersey Clemons, Beanie Feldstein, Selena Gomez, and Lisa Kudrow.
As far as the newcomers, The Nice Guys finished last, with the Shane Black-directed film earning $11.3 million in the fourth spot. Starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, the Warner Bros. release opened in 2,865 theaters and averaged $3,934 per theater. The film received a CinemaScore of B- from audiences.
Rounding out the top five was Disney’s The Jungle Book, which added $11 million its sixth weekend to bring its domestic total to $327.5 million. Internationally, the Jon Favreau-directed hit earned $7.4 million to take its overseas total to $530.2 million and worldwide total to $857.7 million. Staying with Disney, the studio’s Zootopia has now earned $981.8 million globally, meaning it has overtaken Despicable Me 2 ($970.8 million) to become the fourth highest-grossing animated release of all-time.
Also, in sixth place domestically, TriStar Pictures’ Money Monster earned $7.1 million its second weekend for a total of $27.1 million after two weeks. Starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell, the thriller was made for $27 million.