Weekend Box Office Wrap-up: May 22, 2016

Bomb, Red, and Chuck in The Angry Birds Movie

The feathered friends of Bird Island didn't have much to be angry about this weekend at the box office, pulling off a surprise upset of Earth's Mightiest.

Coming in the #1 spot is The Angry Birds Movie (read our review), which brought in $39 million during its first three days. Even though the family demographic was well accounted for, this colorful animated picture was able to draw in a decent crowd. The most likely reason is probably the critical reactions, as most pundits said it was more entertaining and watchable than one would think a movie based on an app would be. In addition, Angry Birds was the first film in a while that was targeted primarily at kids, and its PG rating was deemed more friendly for youngsters than the PG-13 of a Civil War, for instance.

With films like Alice Through the Looking Glass on the horizon, it'll be interesting to see how well Angry Birds holds over the course of its run. However, this is a very strong debut and has to be considered a success for Sony. Even if it takes a hit in business next week due to the new arrivals, the demand is obviously there for it to hang around for some time. There won't be another major animated film in theaters until Finding Dory next month, so Angry Birds has something of a monopoly on that corner of the market.

Falling to second in its third weekend is Captain America: Civil War. The superhero extravaganza made $33.1 million to raise its domestic total to $347.3 million, making it the second-highest grossing film in the States so far this year. It is also the first film of 2016 to cross the $1 billion plateau, just the fourth Marvel Studios release to accomplish that feat. All in all, this is another major winner for Disney.

Debuting in third place is the comedy sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (read our review). It grossed $21.7 million during its opening weekend, which is a hard decline from how the original premiered in 2014 ($49 million). The film received generally positive reviews that painted it as one of the better comedic followups, but it obviously wasn't able to generate as much appeal as its predecessor. The biggest difference between the two is competition. The first Neighbors was released one week after the disappointing Amazing Spider-Man 2 and had no other high-profile projects to deal with. The sequel came out in the middle of Civil War hype and opened directly against a family film in Angry Birds. For smaller movies, timing is everything, and Neighbors 2 couldn't make the most of its window.

Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula Blevins (Carla Gallo) in Neighbors 2

In fourth is Shane Black's neo-Noir throwback The Nice Guys (read our review). The crime-comedy brought in $11.2 million in its opening weekend, which is a decent haul given the circumstances. Opening in the middle of the summer, Nice Guys was always going to be a tricky sell. Its R-rating limited its overall appeal, and the small scale meant it couldn't truly contend with the larger tentpoles. It proved to be a nice piece of counter-programming for adult moviegoers looking for a change-of-pace, but Nice Guys (despite excellent word-of-mouth) wasn't able to break out of its niche and become a mainstream smash. With more blockbusters coming soon, it's likely to be overshadowed as time goes on.

Rounding out the top five is The Jungle Book. Jon Favreau's fantasy adventure made $11 million over the weekend to increase its domestic total to $327.4 million.

Money Monster is the #6 film with $7 million. The thriller is now up to $27.1 million Stateside.

Horror film The Darkness comes in seventh. It made $2.3 million, raising its domestic total to $8.4 million.

Zootopia Best Opening

Zootopia is the #8 film. With Angry Birds opening, Disney's animated hit lost some audience members, but it still managed to bring in $1.7 million. It's now up to $334.4 million.

Coming in ninth is The Huntsman: Winter's War. The fantasy flop made $1.1 million in its fifth weekend to raise its domestic total to $46.6 million.

Capping off the top ten is Mother's Day with $1.1 million. It's now made $31.2 million domestically.

[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, May 23 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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