USA Today marvels at the popularity of a game for mobile devices:
... Angry Birds demonstrates the huge potential for the perfect mobile game in a global marketplace that Juniper Research expects to rise from $6 billion in 2009 to $11 billion in 2015. ... And last month, the developer released a new version, in which you free caged exotic birds — a tie-in to the Fox animated film Rio, out Friday. Angry Birds: Rio, which comes in free and paid versions on iPhone (99 cents) and iPad ($2.99) and free for Android devices, had 10 million downloads in its first 10 days. ...
We already know Rio has done gangbusters with openings overseas. This handy little app is, I think, a fine forward-looking indicator about how the movie will roll out domestically.
It's reasonably clear that all systems are go. Reviews have been good. Awareness is up. Animation rides a cresting wave of popularity. So all the tea leaves at the bottom of the Big Cup indicate that Rupert's Minions have themselves a winner.