'Neighbors 2' flies past 'Angry Birds,' 'Nice Guys' with $1.7 million on Thursday night

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"Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" has launched impressively with $1.67 million in at 2,627 theaters in Thursday night preview screenings in the U.S. while "The Angry Birds Movie" flew to $800,000 at 2,804 locations and "The Nice Guys" drew $700,000.

The films are launching against Marvel/Disney's third weekend of "Captain America: Civil War." Each of the trio should top $30 million, making the frame one of the most competitive of the year with "Angry Birds" appearing to have the initial edge with about $38 million at 3,932 sites.

Warner Bros.' launch of Russell Crowe-Ryan Gosling's "The Nice Guys" at 2,865 screens is pegged to finish at around $10 million.

"Captain America" passed $310 million domestic milestone on Wednesday, its 13th day of release. The tentpole declined 59% from its opening for a $72.6 million second weekend — the eighth-best of all time — so a similar decline in its third weekend would leave it around $30 million, while a 50% decline would equate to $36 million.

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UNIVERSAL CITY , CA - JUNE 24: Actor Zac Efron arrives for 'The Revenge Of The Mummy - The Ride' Gala Benefit Opening At Universal Studios on June 24, 2004 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Zac Efron arrives at the lunch of 'Hairspray Jewelry Collection' on July 14, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 24: Zac Efron at the 'High School Musical 2' press conference at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on July 24, 2007. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
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Actors Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron arrive at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheater on August 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Zac Efron arrives to the 6th Annual Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party on September 18, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Actress Vanessa Hudgens and Actor Zac Efron arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'High School Musical 3' at the Galen Center at the University Of Southern California on October 16, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
TOKYO - JANUARY 28: Actor Zac Efron (L) waves to the audience with actress Vanessa Hudgens during the 'High School Musical 3: Senior Year' Japan Premiere at Shinagawa Stellar Ball on January 28, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
PARIS - MARCH 24: Actor Zac Efron attends a photocall for the '17 Again' film on March 24, 2009 at Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Zac Efron at the Germany premiere of '17 Again' in Cinestar Sony Center in Berlin (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 09: Actor Zac Efron poses with Choice Movie Actor award for '17 Again' in press room during the 2009 Teen Choice Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 9, 2009 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LONDON - NOVEMBER 18: Actor Zac Efron attends the 'Me & Orson Welles' UK Premiere at the Vue West End on November 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 30: Actor Zac Efron attends the Q&A portion of the premiere of Me And Orson Welles at The Paramount Theater on November 30, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jay West/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 16:(L-R) Actor Zac Efron and Australian Surf Legend Layne Beachley attend Oakley's 'Learn To Ride' charity learn-to-surf event in aid of the One Sight Foundation at Bondi Beach on February 16, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mike Flokis/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - JULY 19: Actor Zac Efron promotes his new film 'Charlie St. Cloud' at the Best Buy Rotunda at Mall of America on July 19, 2010 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
Actors Vanessa Hudgens (L) and Zac Efron attends the 'Charlie St. Cloud' Premiere at Regency Village Theatre on July 20, 2010 in Westwood, California.
US actor Zac Efron poses on September 11, 2010 during the photocall of the movie 'Charlie St Cloud' presented off the competition at the 36th American Film Festival in Deauville, northwestern France. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Actor Zac Efron arrives at the 2011 People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 24: Zac Efron filming on location for 'New Year's Eve' on the streets of Manhattan on February 24, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 05: Actor Zac Efron arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'New Year's Eve' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 5, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 16: Actors Taylor Schilling and Zac Efron arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Lucky One' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 16, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 24: Actor Zac Efron speask at the 'The Paperboy' press conference during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 24, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BLACK AND WHITE VERSION US actor Zac Efron arrives for the screening of 'At any price' during the 69th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2012 at Venice Lido. 'At any price' is competing for the golden Lion in the Venezia 69 section of the festival. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/GettyImages)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: Zac Efron is seen on the set of new film 'Are We Officially Dating?' on December 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by David Krieger/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 26, 2013 - Actors Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron photographed at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. They are in the new father and son farm drama movie 'At Any Price.' (Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 24: Zac Efron on the set of 'Despierta America' at Univision Headquarters on January 24, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Actors Zac Efron, Imogen Poots and Miles Teller arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of 'That Awkward Moment' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on January 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Zac Efron attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Actor Zac Efron speaks onstage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Zac Efron visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on May 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon')
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Actor Zac Efron poses backstage during The 2015 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: (SUN NEWSPAPER OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE J. HOGAN GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Zac Efron(L) and Emily Ratajkowski attend the European Premiere of 'We Are Your Friends' at Ritzy Brixton on August 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Actor Zac Efron attends the 'We Are Your Friends' tour stop photo call and after party at the Marquee on August 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Universal is releasing "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" in 3,389 theaters with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne returning. Chloë Grace Moretz joins as a reckless leader of an upstart sorority next door to the Rogen-Byrne household.

The original "Neighbors" did $2.5 mil on its Thursday night previews.

The original "Neighbors" opened with $49 million in the U.S. on its way to $150 million domestically, so an opening in the $33 million to $35 million range appears to be realistic.

The film, which carries a $35 million price tag, kicked off internationally on May 5 and has grossed over $23 million from 34 territories.

"Angry Birds" carries a $73 million budget with Rovio Animation fully financing and opens at 3,932 locations.

The movie, directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, is set on an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – except for Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), speedy Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride). When the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to the trio to figure out what the pigs are up to.

"The Nice Guys," directed by Shane Black from a script he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi, is set in 1977 Los Angeles with Gosling playing a private eye and Crowe as a hired enforcer getting to the bottom of a murderous conspiracy involving porn and automakers. The film premiered Monday at the Cannes Film Festival with strong support from critics with a current 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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CANNES, FRANCE: US actress Sandra Bullock poses for photographers with actor Ryan Gosling as they arrive at the palais des festivals to attend the screening of their film 'Murder by numbers' by Iranian-born director Barbet Schroeder during the 55th Cannes film festival 24 May 2002. The film is presented out of competition. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - MARCH 31: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actors Jena Malone and Ryan Gosling attend the New York Premiere of 'The United States Of Leland' on March 31, 2004 at the Chelsea 9, in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES - JUNE 4: Actress Rachel McAdams (left) and Actor Ryan Gosling accept the award for Best Kiss for The Notebook onstage during the 2005 MTV Movie Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 4, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The 14th annual award show will premiere on MTV Thursday, June 9 at 9:00PM (ET/PT). (Photo By Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Ryan Gosling and sister Mandi Gosling during 71st Annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Arrivals at The Supper Club in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Rachel McAdams (L) and actor Ryan Gosling arrive at the 12th Annual Critics' Choice Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on January 12, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
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Ryan Gosling (center), nominee Best Actor in a Leading Role for 'Half Nelson,' with sister Mandi Gosling and mother Donna Gosling (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Actor Ryan Gosling at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on September 19th, 2007. (PHOTO BY MUNAWAR HOSAIN / FOTOS INTERNATIONAL / GETTY IMAGES) Reproduction by American tabloids is absolutely forbidden by our contracts with all agencies.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 02: Actress Kelli Garner (L) and actor Ryan Gosling arrive at the premiere of MGM's 'Lars And The Real Girl' at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on October 6, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 18: Actor Ryan Gosling arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Sugar' held at the Silver Screen Theater at the Pacific Design Center on March 18, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Faith Wladyka (L) and Actor Ryan Gosling attend the 'Blue Valentine' premiere during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actors Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams attend the 'Blue Valentine' party at the T-Mobile myTouch Diner at Village at the Yard on January 24, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Actor Ryan Gosling attends the Variety Studio at Sundance Day 4 on January 25, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/WireImage)
Canadian actor Ryan Gosling and US actress Michelle Williams pose during the photocall of 'Blue Valentine' presented in the Un Certain Regard selection at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2010 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Actor Ryan Gosling attends the 'Industry In Focus - Blue Valentine' at the American Pavillion during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Ryan Gosling of Dead Man's Bones performs at FYF fest 2010 at Los Angeles State Historic Park on September 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 06: Actor Ryan Gosling arrives at the 'Blue Valentine' screening during AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 6, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for AFI)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 2: Ryan Gosling poses for a photo during a portrait session at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on December 2, 2010. (Photo by Munawar Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images) Reproduction by American tabloids is absolutely forbidden.
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Actor Ryan Gosling attends the 'Drive' photocall during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Actor Ryan Gosling and actress Emma Stone attend the 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.' World Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on July 19, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Ryan Gosling on stage prior to 'The Ides Of March' Press Conference during 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actors Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling attend 'The Place Beyond The Pines' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 07: Ryan Gosling arrives at the 'Gangster Squad' - Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Director Ryan Gosling attends the 'Lost River' photocall at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Russell Crowe, Jack Kilmer and Ryan Gosling are seen on the set of 'The Nice Guys' on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Director Ryan Gosling attends Apple Store Soho Presents Meet The Filmmaker: Ryan Gosling, 'Lost River' at Apple Store Soho on April 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Actors Saoirse Ronan (L), winner of the New Hollywood Award for 'Brooklyn', and Ryan Gosling pose in the press room during the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 1, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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