Weekend Box Office: Birds Soar, Nice Guys Finish Last

Sony’s new animated family film may not have opened on par with Disney’s recent greats, but it still managed to boot ‘Captain America’ out of the top seat at the box office. At the same time, Seth Rogen’s new sequel underwhelmed while Shane Black’s new buddy flick trailed behind both.

It looks like those angry birds can fly after all. From nearly 4,000 screens, the game adaptation pulled in $39 million. Of all the pictures in the Top 10, ‘The Angry Birds Movie‘ had the best per-screen average with $9,919. Budgeted at $73 million, the movie has also taken in $112 million overseas, giving it a worldwide total of $151 million.

Captain America: Civil War‘ took a harder-than-expected hit of 54% in attendance over its third week, but had no problem finishing in second place. With the weekend’s additional $33.1 million income, the film’s domestic total now sits at $347.3 million. After playing domestically for three weeks and internationally for four, its worldwide total crossed the $1 billion mark, making ‘Civil War’ the first title of 2016 to do so.

Two years ago, ‘Neighbors‘ debuted to $49 million. Despite the same cast and crew returning, ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising‘ opened to only $21.7 million, which is nearly 56% lower than the original. Judged on its own, that’s not a bad opening for an R-rated comedy, but it’s certainly not playing in the same league as the first. Budgeted at $35 million, the movie will take some time to turn a profit. Luckily, since its May 5th international kickoff, the movie has grossed $30 million overseas, so it already has a $51.7 million worldwide total.

The Nice Guys‘ finished a distant fourth by narrowly beating the six-week-old ‘The Jungle Book’. With a per-screen average of $3,934, Shane Black’s R-rated buddy detective movie earned $11.2 million. Produced on an estimated budget of $50 million, Warner Bros. needs its impending international release to be massive.

In fifth place, ‘The Jungle Book‘ claimed $11 million, boosting its domestic total up to $327.4 million. Worldwide, it now has $857.6 million.

Maggie’s Plan‘ had a decent debut in limited release. From five locations, the Greta Gerwig vehicle made $66,708 and a per-screen average of $13,342.

The weekend’s big international news revolves around the pre-U.S. opening of the ninth entry to Fox’s ‘X-Men’ universe (if you count ‘Deadpool’). Bryan Singer’s fourth mutant feature, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse‘, opened to $103.3 million from nearly two-thirds of the international marketplace. It will open in the U.S. over this coming Memorial Day weekend.

Top 10:

1. ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ (Sony) – $39,000,000

2. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (Buena Vista) – $33,114,000

3. ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ (Universal) – $21,790,000

4. ‘The Nice Guys’ (Warner Bros.) – $11,270,000

5. ‘The Jungle Book’ (Buena Vista) – $11,017,000

6. ‘Money Monster’ (TriStar) – $7,080,000

7. ‘The Darkness’ (High Top) – $2,363,000

8. ‘Zootopia’ (Buena Vista) – $1,703,000

9. ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ (Universal) – $1,190,000

10. ‘Mother’s Day’ (Open Road) – $1,115,214

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