LOS ANGELES (AFP): â€œThe Angry Birds Movieâ€ hopped to the top of the North American box office over the weekend, booting â€œCaptain Americaâ€ into second place, according to industry data released on Monday.
The 3D animated take on the popular video game features a trio of flightless birds — Red, Chuck and Bomb — who take out their anger on an invasion of purple pigs.
The Sony production pulled in $38.2mil its first weekend in North American theatres, topping last weekâ€™s box office leader, â€œCaptain America: Civil War,â€ according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.
That action-packed blockbuster and its cast of Marvel superheroes raked in another $32.9mil over the weekend for a cumulative total of $347.2mil after just three weeks in theatres.
Third place went to new-on-the-block â€œNeighbors 2: Sorority Rising,â€ a comedy starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron that scored $21.8mil its first weekend out.
A sequel to the 2014 hit â€œNeighbors,â€ it flips that movieâ€™s premise by having unruly sorority sisters instead of frat brothers turn the lives of their happily married neighbours upside down.
â€œThe Nice Guys,â€ a detective mystery starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, came in fourth on its debut weekend with a box office take of $11.2mil.
Gosling and Crowe play a private eye and a hired enforcer on the hunt for a missing woman.
â€œThe Jungle Book,â€ a remake of the Disney animated classic, slipped to fifth place its fifth week, taking in $10.9mil for a cumulative total of $327.4mil.
Rounding out the top 10 were Money Monster ($7mil), The Darkness ($2.3mil), Zootopia ($1.7mil), The Huntsman: Winterâ€™s Warâ€ ($1.2mil) and Motherâ€™s Day ($1.1mil.)