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Ryan Gosling recently shed light on why the action comedy film `The Nice Guys,` in which he starred alongside Russell Crowe, didn`t receive a sequel despite its favourable reviews.

In a recent interview obtained by Deadline, Gosling attributed the lack of a sequel to the box office competition the film faced, particularly from the animated hit `Angry Birds.`

Gosling remarked, “So much of a sequel, I think, is decided by the opening weekend of a movie, and we opened up against Angry Birds. So Angry Birds just, just destroyed us.”

`The Nice Guys,` directed by Shane Black, debuted in 2016 to positive reviews but struggled to compete at the box office against the family-friendly appeal of `Angry Birds.`

While `The Nice Guys` reportedly earned USD 11.2 million in its opening weekend, `Angry Birds` soared with an opening weekend of USD 38 million, overshadowing Gosling and Crowe`s film.

Not only did `The Nice Guys` face stiff competition from `Angry Birds,` but it also had to contend with other releases like `Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising` and `Captain America: Civil War,` which further impacted its box office performance.

Despite its initial box office struggles, `The Nice Guys` managed to recoup its production costs, with an estimated budget of USD 50 million and a total box office revenue of USD 62.8 million.

However, the overshadowing impact of `Angry Birds` on its opening weekend likely influenced the decision not to pursue a sequel, Deadline reported.

Set in 1977 Los Angeles, `The Nice Guys` follows the story of private eye Holland March, played by Gosling, and enforcer Jackson Healy, portrayed by Crowe, as they join forces to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl. The film also featured Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David, and Kim Basinger, with a cameo appearance by Robert Downey Jr. in an uncredited role.

While `The Nice Guys` garnered praise for its witty humour and engaging performances, its box office fate ultimately hinged on factors beyond its control, including the unexpected dominance of `Angry Birds` at the time of its release.

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