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The Angry Birds Movie beats Captain America: Civil War to US top spot

The Angry Birds Movie

Story by Jack Foley

ANIMATED adventure The Angry Birds Movie has opened at the top of the US box office with a $39 million debut, thereby knocking Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War off the No.1 spot.

Directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly and based on the popular mobile game, the film beat expectations to triumph ahead of Marvel’s superheroes and beat this week’s other new releases.

Commenting on that performances, Josh Greenstein, Sony’s marketing chief, said: “We are thrilled that with our partners Rovio, Sony Pictures and Imageworks, we were able to transform a worldwide video game brand into a global movie brand.

“We had a fantastic date for a family film, and the marketing really tried to keep it relevant to whatever was happening at the time.”

Captain America: Civil War still earned another $33.1 million to bring its US total to a huge $347.4 million, while globally the film has now passed the $1 billion milestone to become Disney’s tenth billion-dollar club member and the 19th highest-grossing movie of all-time.

Of the weekend’s other two new releases, Seth Rogen’s Bad Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, a follow-up to the 2014 comedy hit, took an estimated $21.8 million in the US – a 56% drop from the first film’s tally of $49 million.

The sequel, directed by Nicholas Stoller, sees the return of Rogen and cast mates Rose Byrne and Zac Efron as they take on new cast members including Chloe Grace Moretz and Kiersey Clemons, who play the sorority girls living next door.

The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, also had a softer than expected opening (although slightly ahead of initial tracking) to earn an estimated $11.3 million – enough for a No. 4 finish.

The film, written and directed by Shane Black (of Iron Man 3 fame), follows a private detective and an enforcer who team up to find a missing woman in 1970s Los Angeles.

Rounding out the top five, meanwhile, was Disney’s hit live-action/CGI film The Jungle Book, which continued to do strong business in its sixth week of release, adding another $11 million to its total to bring its US haul to $327.5 million.

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