Angry Birds Movie #1 for the Weekend at US Box Office
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[UPDATE] Deadline now reports that the Angry Birds movie will indeed hit the No. 1 spot at the US box office this weekend. Projections are that it will pull in around $38 million, or possibly $39 million if Sunday's results are strong.
"Rovio and Sony Imageworks did a phenomenal job bringing video game characters to life and giving them a personality that endeared themselves to the family audience," Sony executive Josh Greenstein said in a statement."
Deadline added that the Angry Birds movie could make as much as $152 million in the US alone throughout the course of its life.
Captain America: Civil War was the No. 2 movie at the US box office this weekend, taking it $33 million. The movie opened in the US on May 6, while the Angry Birds film came out on Friday, May 20.
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Sony's Angry Birds movie pulled in $16.6 million million on Saturday at the US box office, a healthy 52 percent increase from Friday's $10.9 million. Deadline, which supplied the box office figures, said the animated film could make between $38.8 million and $39.5 million for the entire weekend, once Sunday's figures come in.
This would be the third best start for a Sony animated movie, following Hotel Transylvania 2 ($48.5 million) and Hotel Transylvania ($42.5 million).
Check back with GameSpot tonight, as we'll update this post with Sunday's box office numbers when they are finalized.
Reviews for the Angry Birds movie have been mixed. GameSpot's review had this to say:
"Like the game it's based on, the Angry Birds film feels like a distraction. A good animated movie straddles the line between entertaining adults with sly asides, engaging children with energy, and tieing it all together with a compelling story," reviewer Justin Haywald said. "Angry Birds fails on every count, instead crafting a tale that's nonsensical even by its own internal logic and just plain boring from beginning to end."
It's not the first video game movie this year and it won't be the last. The Ratchet & Clank film opened in April, while the next Dead Rising film, Endgame, comes out on June 20 through streaming sites. After that, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed premieres in December.
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