The superheroes that have been tearing up the worldwide box office may have finally met their match in the form of some birds with anger management issues. Captain America: Civil War is still going to make a lot more money, but The Angry Birds Movie has been able to knock it down a peg in its debut weekend. Actually, it was a strong weekend box office overall for new films as three of them opening this weekend landed in the top five.
Yes, the birds that millions of people around the world love to fling at green pigs are also successful on the big screen.
— Angry Birds (@AngryBirds) May 22, 2016
According to Box Office Mojo, it was The Angry Birds Movie that took the number one spot at the domestic box office for the weekend with an estimated $39 million. Angry Birds was able to knock the Marvel hit Captain America: Civil War into second place, which earned an estimated $33.1 million at the domestic box office in its third week of release.
Marvel really shouldn’t be disappointed in any shape, way, or fashion by seeing Civil War in second place. This weekend bumped it up and over the $1 billion mark worldwide after being in theaters for a mere four weeks. This short amount of time in theaters has already made it the number one grossing film of all of 2016.
The Angry Birds Movie will likely have some good box office legs as the long Memorial Day weekend is coming up. It’s often the time that families head out to theaters together, and it could see its number stay equal to opening weekend or even rise up a little bit.
It’s going to have some tough competition, though, as next week will see yet another release from Disney in Alice Through the Looking Glass and Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The week after that, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens and it is going after the exact same demographic that the Angry Birds are.
This weekend was good for new films, as The Angry Birds Movie was joined by two others in the top five.
The comedy Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising impressed with $21.79 million in its opening weekend, while the retro Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling flick The Nice Guys came in fourth with $11.2 million. It seems as if those going to theaters were all about laughs this weekend.
Disney is continuing to have a great year at the movies as it now has three films in the top 10. Civil War is still doing well, but The Jungle Book landed at number five and it has been in theaters for six weeks. It has brought in more than $327 million domestically and is approaching $900 million worldwide.
Zootopia earned another $1.7 million and landed in eighth place at the domestic box office after 12 weeks in release. Disney is thrilled with the film that has grossed more than $981 million worldwide and it could very well hit the billion dollar mark.
Full estimated domestic for the weekend of May 20-22:
1. The Angry Birds Movie – $39 million
2. Captain America: Civil War – $33.1 million
3. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – $21.79 million
4. The Nice Guys – $11.27 million
5. The Jungle Book – $11 million
6. Money Monster – $7.08 million
7. The Darkness – 2.36 million
8. Zootopia – $1.7 million
9. The Huntsman: Winter’s War – $1.19 million
10. Mother’s Day – $1.11 million
Final numbers will be out on Monday.
It’s time for the summer movie season to really begin, but it appears as though it ended up coming a little early this year. With The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, and Zootopia all opening within the last three months, Disney has dominated the box office in 2016. Not this week, though, as The Angry Birds Movie proved that they are more than just a mobile game and have an empire that just keeps on flying.
[Image via Columbia Pictures]