Earlier this summer, one of the biggest mobile games of all time made the leap from the smartphone to the big screen when The Angry Birds Movie hit theaters. The animated adventure proved to be a box office hit, taking in $107.4 million domestically and $346.9 million worldwide, from a $73 million budget. Today we have word that the sequel Angry Birds 2 is already in the works.
The sequel talk isn't terribly surprising, given its box office performance and the fact that the movie is based on an already-successful property. Rovio, the company that developed and publishes the mobile game, held an earnings conference call yesterday, where CEO Kati Levoranta confirmed that a new Angry Birds movie is in the works. Here's what she had to say below.
"With the excellent performance of our games portfolio and the fantastic movie, the Angry Birds brand is flying high and we are seeing positive EBIT and cash flow development, while fulfilling our mission to create world class entertainment. We currently have several exciting new games and other projects in development, including new IP, and we have started planning the sequel to The Angry Birds Movie."
The Angry Birds Movie was released digitally in selected Asian markets and North America on July 29, where it quickly went to No. 1 on iTunes, followed by DVD and Blu-ray releases on August 16. The in-home release of the film in other countries and territories continues to roll out in the weeks ahead, with most of Europe seeing the in-home release in September. The movie is also slated to open in its final international market, Japan, on October 1. The studio also released a series of Hatchlings shorts in June that accompanied prints of the movie.
In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds - or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. It is unclear if directors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly or writer Jon Vitti will return for the sequel, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as soon as more updates come in.