After opening in theaters last week, The Angry Birds Movie 2 is struggling, like its cast of avian characters, to take flight. In its opening weekend, it earned an estimated $10.5 million in the U.S. — a disappointing result for an established franchise. An estimated $19.4 million overseas performance brings its global weekend performance to $29.9 million. Since its opening, which happened earlier in other parts of the world, the film has grossed $46.4 million worldwide.
Sony Animation’s feature is a follow-up to 2016’s The Angry Birds Movie, which was based in turn on the mobile game fad by Finnish developer Rovio. The first film opened to poor reviews but solid box office takings, reaching $38.1M in its opening weekend in the U.S. The sequel faces the reverse situation: critics were kinder, giving it a 76% score on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing (as opposed to the original’s 44%). That hasn’t convinced the public. Sony launched the film unconventionally early in the week, on a Tuesday, but even with those extra three days, the film’s domestic six-day cume stands at $16.2M.
Domestically, The Angry Birds Movie 2 was outperformed by The Lion King, which took $11.9M in its fifth weekend. To be fair, the Angry Birds franchise counts most of its fans abroad — the first film made nearly 70% of its $352.3M outside the U.S. Even so, the sequel is set to end its run far short of that figure. Even its global total this week, from 30 different territories, couldn’t match the $39.4M made by runaway hit Ne Zha in China alone.