The comedy feature adaptation of the popular mobile game franchise, The Angry Birds Movie, has broken the record for a May opening of an original animated movie and taken the number one spot in 37 of the 74 countries it’s opened in so far.
The previous record for an animated May movie top spot was held by The Lego Movie.
Recent publicity at the Cannes Film Festival is partly being credited for the success of the movie. A photo call and reception took place a few days ago which featured producer of the movie, John Cohen, and various voice actors including Josh Gad (who also voiced Olaf in the movie Frozen).
Many characters from the movie including Red and Chuck also appeared at the event in costume form.
The US/Finnish collaboration was also produced by Catherine Winder and was written by Jon Vitti who is known for writing episodes of TV series including The Simpsons, King of the Hill and The Critic.
Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly made their animation director debuts for the movie
The voice cast also includes Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones fame as Mighty Eagle; Jason Sudeikis of Horrible Bosses fame as Red; Danny McBride of Your Highness fame as Bomb and Kate McKinnon of Sisters and Ghostbusters fame as Stella.
The premise of the movie revolves around revealing what might be responsible for making the birds so angry. An island populated by initially happy, flightless birds is visited by strange green pigs. Three outcasts from the island (Red, Chuck and Bomb) must work out what the pigs are doing.
I’m not just saying this because my song’s in it but #AngryBirdsMovie was hysterical and u guys need to see it 😂😂 (AND my song’s in it!)
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 11, 2016
Songs in the movie include “Get Ready for This” by 2 Unlimited, “Behind Blue Eyes,” performed by Limp Bizkit and “I Will Survive,” performed by Demi Lovato.
You’ll be able to catch The Angry Birds Movie in US theaters on May 20.