Ryan Gosling: 'Angry Birds' Crushed 'The Nice Guys' Sequel Hopes

Ryan Gosling reflects on 2016's competitive cinematic showdown.

by Nouman Rasool
Ryan Gosling: 'Angry Birds' Crushed 'The Nice Guys' Sequel Hopes
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Only now Ryan Gosling has opened up about why the superhit 2016 action-comedy The Nice Guys had no sequel, attributing the failure of the film at the box office to the stiff competition posed by The Angry Birds Movie. Talking to ComicBook.com, the actor most pointedly noted how vital a first weekend is to any film seeking sequels in the future.

Unfortunately for The Nice Guys, it had the fault of being released in the same weekend as an animated film, which opened well over it, considering that The Angry Birds Movie premiered to $39 million against the former, which settled for an $11.3 million domestic gross.

Directed by Shane Black, it was always an uphill battle from the beginning, starring Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, and Yaya DaCosta.

Box Office Battle

Its weekend box office results came from its 3,575 locations, which positioned it to compete against The Angry Birds Movie, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and the continuing strong box office performance of Captain America: Civil War, now in its third week.

The crowded box office potential meant that other films were diluting its potential, Gosling said. "Angry Birds just destroyed us." Set against the gritty landscape of 1970s Los Angeles, The Nice Guys pairs Ryan Gosling as Holland March, a down-on-his-luck private eye, and Russell Crowe as muscle-for-hire Jackson Healy, in the investigation of the apparently unrelated murder of a porn star, Misty Mountains, and the mysterious disappearance of a young girl named Amelia.

Combining dark humor with a lot of thrilling action, the movie really presents a very distinctive kind of storyline and, having not done particularly well in the box office, was very warmly received for the sharp script and lead performances.

Ultimately, The Nice Guys would end up finishing their time in theaters with around $62 million globally from a $50 million budget. Not a strong return, but then again, it wasn't a strong release window either, a point which isn't lost on Gosling.

The actor further commented on the reflection of the problems films face in such a situation and the vagaries of the film industry, where perfect movies often give way to the most trivial of the like, for example against the movie The Angry Birds Movie.

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