Sony’s “The Angry Birds Movie” has gotten a flying start with $43 million in 74 markets, a week ahead of its U.S. launch on May 20.
The 3D animated project, based on the video game series, finished in first place in 37 markets. Russia led the way with $5.7 million, followed by $3 million in the U.K., $2.9 million each in Germany and Mexico and $2.7 million in Brazil.
“The Angry Birds Movie” is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis and set on an island with a population of flightless birds. The story centers on Red, who has a serious temper, and the mysterious arrival of green pigs.
Sony said “The Angry Birds Movie” was on par with “Big Hero 6” in the same group of markets and outperformed “How to Train Your Dragon” by 45%, “The Lego Movie” by 20% and “Rio” by 14%. The toon launched in about 63% of the international marketplace with openings next weekend in China and Korea.
Sony’s attempted to convey that the movie also has a positive message that all families can appreciate. It collaborated with the United Nations International Day of Happiness with Red being made an ambassador for the event.
“The Angry Birds Movie” took in about half of the total of Disney/Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” which grossed $84 million internationally in its third weekend in 56 markets to lift its foreign total to $645 million.
China is the top international market by far for “Civil War” with $155.8 million in ten days, making it the third-highest-grossing Disney release there behind “Zootopia” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” South Korea is second with $60.1 million, followed by the U.K. at $46.7 million, Mexico at $39.2 million and Brazil at $32.9 million.
Fox International Productions’ mystery thriller “The Wailing” finished third on the weekend’s international chart and set a record for Fox as the studio’s biggest Korean opening of all time with $16.8 million at 1,467 screens, topping “The Martian.” The film is also the eighth-best launch for a Korean title and the third-best launch of 2016 in the market.
Disney’s “The Jungle Book” followed in fourth with $15.2 million in 51 markets, lifting its foreign total to $516 million. Universal’s second international weekend of “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” followed with $8.8 million in 34 markets for a foreign total of $19.2 million.
“Neighbors 2,” starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron, opens in the U.S. on Friday.
Sony’s “Money Monster” opened with $4.7 million in 15 markets.