Angry Birds fly high at box office

It's the biggest movie of 2016 to date. "The Angry Birds Movie" soared to $39 million in its debut weekend, knocking "Captain America: Civil War" off its first-place perch, according to comScore estimates Sunday.

That action-packed blockbuster and its cast of Marvel superheroes raked in another $33.1 million over the weekend for a cumulative total of $347.4 million after just three weeks in theaters. With a so-so B CinemaScore grade and better-than-average reviews, Neighbors 2 faces very little competition in the near future, as the next major comedy to open is Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping on June 3, giving Seth Rogen and company a shot at a healthy second weekend with minimal runoff. Sorority Rising from Universal cracked $20 million with a $21.7 million opening weekend, and this week's other new wide release, Warner Bros.' The Nice Guys, earned just $11.3 million.

These feisty, flightless birds have transcended the video game app from which they originated. The campaign, one of the largest in the studio's history, included tie-ins with more than 100 partners, including McDonald's and Panasonic.

At 3,932 locations, The Angry Birds Movie was the weekend's widest new release, besting Neighbors 2's count by almost 550 screens. Its worldwide total has hit $150 million with a launch last weekend in most foreign markets. The faith that fans have in Marvel studios and the overwhelmingly positive reviews have made Captain America: Civil War a huge success for Marvel. The movie has now crossed $1 Billion worldwide.

When Shelby (Chloe Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the flawless place just off campus, they won't let the fact that it's located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.

The 70s throwback buddy comedy The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, grossed $11.3 million (£7.8 million). On the positive side, the film has strong critical support with a 90% Rotten Tomatoes rating and Warner Bros.' exposure is limited since it acquired the film as a pick-up for domestic distribution.

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