Box Office Wrap Up: Angry Birds Catapults To The Top

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Angry Birds Is A Pleasant Surprise

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I’m as dumb-founded as you

Angry Birds features Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride as the land dwelling birds.Set on an island that is filled with happy birds, there is one angry bird named Red, voiced by Sudeikis.  He sound learns about a pig invasion and sets out with two friends to find a legendary bird hero to save them all.

Angry Birds has been tanked by IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s still a reasonable choice to shut your kids up for a couple of hours.

How the fuck does one of the most mindless mobile games become a box office hit? Only in America folks.  Sure while the voice acting is pretty great…at the end of the day it’s Angry Birds!  Angry.  Birds.

Barring a stunning crash, it’s only a matter of time before Angry Birds easily becomes the biggest video game adaptation ever in America.  Of course that bar is set really really, really really low.

Other Video Game Movies

One would be shocked to find out that there is a possibility of Tetris blocks making an appearance in two movies. In the 2015 action-comedy Pixels, the blocks took on the role as villain when aliens opted to use the world’s pop culture against them. If that wasn’t enough of the classic 1984 puzzle game for fans, Larry Kassanoff and Bruno Wu announced during the Cannes Film Festival this past week they were forming a new company Threshold Global Studios. One of the first properties the looked to develop was Tetris: The Movie according to the Chicago Tribune.

Elsewhere

Captain America’s weekend take took its total domestic earnings to $347.4m  and, even in its fourth week in cinemas it outshone comedies like Neighbors 2 and The Nice Guys.

Sequel Neighbors 2, again starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron, made less than half of its predecessor’s first week takings of $49m when the original opened in 2014.  Comedies are pretty cheap to make, but 21 million must definitely be on the low side of what Rogen hope for, especially with Sausage Fest about to cannonball into the pool this summer.

Meanwhile, the R-rated buddy comedy set in the 1970’s, The Nice Guys, did not do as well as many critics predicted even with its limited release, starring as it does two such big box office names in Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.  Add to that the pedigree of their director who has had hits with multiple Lethal Weapons, and you have a disappointing weekend.

 

Box Office Totals

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

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