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"Captain America: Civil War," the latest superhero adventure from
But the comic book mashup will face potentially strong new rivals this week, including
"Civil War" is expected to gross $30 million to $35 million Friday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada as it continues its stellar run. It is all but certain to cross the $1-billion global box office benchmark this week. Through Monday, the film has taken in $957 million worldwide, including $300 million domestically.
Among the crop of newcomers, "The Angry Birds Movie" may have the best chance to steal the top spot from "Civil War." The $73-million,
Rovio, the Finnish video game company that first released the "Angry Birds" mobile app in 2009, is covering the production and marketing costs for the movie, minimizing the risk for Sony, which is handling distribution.
Yet analysts say "Neighbors 2," the sequel to Universal's Seth Rogen-Rose Byrne hit from 2014, is likely to make a strong showing as well. The R-rated comedy is expected to rake in $35 million in ticket sales this weekend.
Though that would be less than the $49 million the first "Neighbors" hauled in its opening weekend, it would represent a solid start nonetheless for a film that cost $35 million to make.
The first "Neighbors," in which Rogen and Byrne played a couple navigating parenthood while battling a fraternity led by Zac Efron, amassed $150 million domestically and $120 million internationally for a global total of $270 million.
Rogen, Byrne and Efron reprise their roles for the follow-up, in which the couple this time face off with a sorority, led by series newcomer Chloë Grace Moretz, that moves in next door.
Comedy sequels are often a gamble, as evidenced by flops such as "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" and "Zoolander 2," but the studio hopes the feminine focus, relatively positive reviews and the return of director Nicholas Stoller will help draw crowds.
The raunchy movie will have some competition from another R-rated comedy coming to theaters this weekend:
The movie, which has generated mostly strong reviews so far, is expected to take in about $10 million in ticket sales during its first weekend. Joel Silver, producer of "The Matrix" and "V for Vendetta," produced "The Nice Guys," for which Warner Bros. acquired the domestic distribution rights in 2014.