Weekend box office: Angry Birds easily beats Neighbors 2

I constantly preach that you should never bet against a kids movie at the weekend box office, but that doesn’t stop me from going against my own advice.  Once again, a seemingly lame animated kids movie manages to grab the top spot, thanks in large part to a serious lack of competition.  I guess I didn’t realize that THE ANGRY BIRDS were still a thing.  It was a cute mobile game five years ago, but kudos to the creators for turning it into something kids would actually want to see on the big screen.  The other new movies didn’t fare quite as well.  Despite generally being considered better than the original, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING had a very disappointing opening in comparison.  The original opened with nearly $50 million while the sequel barely hit $20 million.  I think timing had a lot to do with it since this probably should have been a late August release.  The third new movie of the weekend was THE NICE GUYS (click the link to read our review) with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.  It came in fifth place, but that’s not terrible given the type of movie it is.

Next week will belong to X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.  The movie hasn’t gotten great early reviews, but that shouldn’t stop it from dominating on its opening weekend.  The question will be how will it do in subsequent weeks.  The film is helped by the fact it won’t have any other superhero movies to steal its thunder as the summer progresses.  We also have ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS and it’s not a good sign when the average moviegoer didn’t even know they were making a sequel, let alone the sequel was coming out next week.  But Disney is on a hot streak right now and I’m sure Alice will find an audience.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Angry Birds Movie $40.1m

2. Captain America: Civil War $33.6m

3. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising $20.1m

4. The Jungle Book $12.1m

5. The Nice Guys $10.8m

6. Money Monster $7.1m

7. The Darkness $2m

8. Zootopia $1.8m

9. The Huntsman: Winter’s War $1.4m

10. Mother’s Day $1.1m

(Deadline)

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