‘The Angry Birds Movie’ sets records with $43-M gross worldwide

May 16, 2016 – “The Angry Birds Movie” landed in 74 markets this weekend, which represent an estimated 63% of the total international release. Grossing an outstanding $43-M, the film knocked “Captain America: Civil War” off the perch as the #1 film in 37 of these markets.

For the same nest of markets at current rates, and without the benefit of school vacations or holidays, “The Angry Birds Movie” outdistanced such big animated titles as “The Croods” (by 9%), “The Lego Movie” (20%), “Rio” (14%), and “How to Train Your Dragon” (45%).

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Strong critical reception and great word of mouth ignited the box office on Saturday as “The Angry Birds Movie” displayed huge increases from Friday, suggesting a long successful run for the film. Next weekend these birds will soar to even greater heights with highly anticipated launches in the U.S., China and South Korea.

Grosses to date of the top markets are led by Russia – $5.7M, UK – $3.0M, Germany – $2.9M, Mexico – $2.9M, Brazil – $2.7M, Spain – $2.1M, Australia – $2.0M, France – $1.9M, Peru – $1.4M and Argentina – $1.4M.

In the Philippines, the mobile-game-turned-big-screen-adventure posted an outstanding opening weekend gross of P39.85-M, exceeding first weekends of “Zootopia” (by 48%), “Rio” (60%), “The LEGO Movie” (65%), “The Croods” (76%), “How to Train Your Dragon” (378%) and “Peanuts Movie” (398%).

Upcoming key market releases include S. Korea (19-May), China (20-May), Italy (15-Jun) and Japan (1-Oct).

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In the 3D animated comedy, “The Angry Birds Movie,” we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry.

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage, as well as Keegan-Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), the Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder, screenplay by Jon Vitti, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

Now playing across the Philippines, “The Angry Birds Movie” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Spy action-comedy ‘Central Intelligence’ gets new poster

“Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson.” That’s the witty tagline of the new one-sheet art of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart’s new action-comedy “Central Intelligence.”

“Central Intelligence” follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Johnson), coming home for his high-school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former “big man on campus” (Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count.

“Central Intelligence” also stars Oscar® nominee Amy Ryan (“Bridge of Spies”), Aaron Paul (TV’s “Breaking Bad”) and Danielle Nicolet (TV’s “The Game”). The film is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (“We’re the Millers”). The screenplay is by Ike Barinholtz & David Stassen and Rawson Marshall Thurber, from a story by Ike Barinholtz & David Stassen. It is produced by Scott Stuber (“Ted”), Peter Principato (TV’s “Black-ish”), Paul Young (“Black-ish”) and Michael Fottrell (“Fast & Furious 7”). Serving as executive producers are Ed Helms, who worked with Thurber on “We’re the Millers,” Samuel J. Brown and Michael Disco.

New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures present a Bluegrass Films/Principato Young Entertainment Production, a Rawson Marshall Thurber Film, Central Intelligence.
Opening on June 15, 2016, “Central Intelligence” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.