Weekend Box Office: The Birds Were Angry That Day, My Friends

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05.23.16 13 Comments
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Captain America: Civil War
finished out of the number one domestic box office spot for the first time since it opened three weeks ago, with Angry Birds‘ $39 million opening pushing Civil War‘s $33.1 million to number two this weekend. I didn’t see it, and honestly who cares, but the video game adaptation finished ahead of expectations, and received a B+ Cinemascore (with an A from those under 25) to go with its 42% on RottenTomatoes. Rovio financed Angry Birds‘ $73 million budget — with Sony distributing — and they’re probably the only people who care, so good for them, I guess.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising was next down the list, with $21.79 million, which was “well below expectations,” and a 55.5% drop from the original’s $49 million opening. It was an interesting case, a comedy sequel to a movie that wasn’t that great, where it nonetheless seemed like the filmmakers actually tried, but still came out fairly mediocre, thanks mostly to it being a comedy sequel. Can we maybe stop it with the comedy sequel now? Outside of spoofs and Lord and Miller they’re batting like .001. Neighbors 2 received a B Cinemascore and 61% on RottenTomatoes (similar to the original’s B and 72%). It’s also grossed $51.8 million worldwide on a $35 million budget so far, so it’s doing fine.

Moving down another notch, Shane Black’s The Nice Guys landed at number four with $11.27 million, “slightly above tracking numbers.” Shane Black is beloved by many movie freaks and remains mostly unknown to the general public, despite his work on huge blockbusters (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3). It showed in the modest returns, and in the B- Cinemascore and 90% on RottenTomatoes. It probably wasn’t Black’s most newbie-friendly film. The Nice Guys cost $50 million to make, so it’s got a ways to go before it earns back the budget. Interestingly, Forbes notes that the R-rated film received an A+ Cinemascore from viewers under 18, which bodes well for Shane Black’s future. And it makes sense, he’s always appealed to the 13-year-old in me.

This weekend brings us Alice: Through the Looking Glass, which was directed by James Bobin (The Muppets, Da Ali G Show) and X-Men: Apocalypse, the third superhero team-up movie of the summer. Those are never going to get old probably.

Film Weekend Per Screen
1 The Angry Birds Movie $39,000,000 $9,919 $39,000,000
2 Captain America: Civil War $33,114,000 (-54.4) $7,836 $347,390,000
3 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising $21,790,000 $6,439 $21,790,000
4 The Nice Guys $11,270,000 $3,934 $11,270,000
5 The Jungle Book $11,017,000 (-35.6)
$3,184 $327,497,000
6 Money Monster $7,080,000 (-52.1) $2,281 $27,103,000
7 The Darkness $2,363,000 (-52.3) $1,336 $8,460,000
8 Zootopia $1,703,000 (-39.7) $1,237 $334,403,000
9 The Huntsman: Winter’s War $1,190,000 (-54.7) $955 $46,668,000
10 Mother’s Day $1,115,000 (-66.1) $649 $31,288,000

[Chart via ScreenCrush]

Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator. Fan FilmDrunk on Facebook, find the latest movie reviews here.

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