BOX OFFICE REPORT
May 20-22, 2016
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Angry Birds Movie||$39.0 million|
|Captain America: Civil War||$33.1 million|
|Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising||$21.7 million|
|The Nice Guys||$11.2 million|
|The Jungle Book||$11.0 million|
Don't underestimate the power of kids who have seized control of their parents' smartphones. The Angry Birds Movie took the top spot from Captain America: Civil War with an estimated $39 million. That's the second-best opening for a video game movie, right behind Angelina Jolie's turn as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider back in 2001. Though its the only animated movie until Finding Dory in three weeks, it's unlikely to have much staying power with Alice Through the Looking Glass and the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel on the horizon. A debut of this size puts it behind such underperformers as The Good Dinosaur and Kung Fu Panda 3.
Civil War dropped to second place after ruling for two weeks. It's now the second-biggest movie of the year domestically – and should pass Deadpool after next weekend – and the biggest movie of the year worldwide, becoming the first film in 2016 to earn more than $1 billion. Whether it remains there is a question I think only Rogue One will be able to answer in December.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising didn't do so hot in its second year in college. In 2014, the original debuted at No. 1 with $49 million. This sequel, while still getting high marks from critics, took in less than half the money from audiences. There's still the possibility of $100 million, but it's not looking great. But that was still better than The Nice Guys, which had tremendous reviews, but almost got beaten by The Jungle Book in its sixth weekend.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Weiner, the fascinating documentary on Anthony Weiner's 2013 campaign for mayor of New York. The film, which I raved about at DIFF, took in an average of $17,105 on its five screens.
- Maggie's Plan, a romantic comedy starring the always luminous Greta Gerwig, also did well in limited release. It took in an average $13,342 on its five screens.
- I know it was only a quasi-limited release, but it's time to declare A Hologram for the King as Tom Hanks' biggest flop ever. Hanks was once the biggest movie star in the world, and this dramedy still made less than The Man with One Red Shoe. That's gotta sting.
Alice Through the Looking Glass takes on X-Men: Apocalypse. It's hard to know which one will win since the response to both has been pretty muted thus far. Alice in Wonderland made a killing in 2010, but asking about it now will get shudders or outright anger from a lot of people. Days of Future Past also made a lot of money just two summers ago, but enthusiasm isn't exactly sky-high, even for the chance to see one of the X-Men's most fearsome villains on-screen for the first time. So I'm going to flip a coin and say $80 million for Alice and $75 million for Apocalypse, but it could be much lower than that for both.