Saturday Update: Disney's Tomorrowland opened in first place yesterday with $9.737 million. The latest outing from respected filmmaker Brad Bird will likely concede to Pitch Perfect 2 for the weekend, though. Tomorrowland's opening day was notably lower than Disney's own Prince of Persia adaptation, which opened to a $10.21 million first day during Memorial Weekend back in 2010. Reviews are also in the disappointing category with a 49 percent score from critics, while word of mouth appears mixed thanks to a 64 percent audience score as of this morning. It remains to be seen whether Disney's core young/family audience turn out over the weekend, but for now, we're projecting a $30.9 million three-day weekend and $38 million four-day weekend for a second place opening overall.
Universal reports Pitch Perfect 2 was off 65 percent from its opening day last week to $9.7 million yesterday in second place on Friday. That gives the smash comedy sequel a domestic total of $97.2 million through eight days of play -- 31 percent ahead of the studio's Neighbors last year. Universal projects a $32.9 million three-day haul and $41.1 million four-day frame, which would impressively give it first place on both counts for a second straight week.
Fox and MGM's Poltergeist remake also fell below expectations yesterday with a $9.35 million bow in third place. That's lower than the Evil Dead remake's $11.9 million first day in 2013, and the outlook isn't encouraging with the film's 37 percent score among critics and 35 percent among audiences. BoxOffice projects a $23.8 million three-day frame and $29.2 million four-day for a fourth place finish.
Warner Bros.' Mad Max: Fury Road took in $6.745 million to begin its second frame, down 59 percent from opening day last week. That Friday-to-Friday drop compares favorably against the likes of Lucy (68 percent) and Prometheus (73 percent) and brings Max's total to $70.18 million thus far. The strongly received franchise revival pic looks to earn $24 million over the three-day and $29.9 million over the four-day frame.
Meanwhile, Avengers: Age of Ultron pulled $5.36 million yesterday for a 46 percent week-to-week decline. Marvel's latest blockbuster has tallied $388.53 million domestically through 22 days of play, keeping it on its previous pace between the first Avengers and Iron Man 3. BoxOffice projects $20.1 million for the three-day and $25.7 million for the four-day.
Expanding into semi-wide release in 865 locations, Far from the Madding Crowd brought in $0.61 million yesterday, giving it $3.77 million in the bank so far. BoxOffice projects a $2.2 million three-day and $2.9 million four-day.
Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.
3-Day and 4-Day Projections
1. Pitch Perfect 2 ($32.9 million / $41.1 million)
2. Tomorrowland ($30.9 million / $38 million)
3. Mad Max: Fury Road ($24 million / $29.9 million)
4. Poltergeist ($23.8 million / $29.2 million)
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron ($20.1 million / $25.7 million)
6. Hot Pursuit ($3.2 million / $3.9 million)
7. Far from the Madding Crowd ($2.2 million / $2.9 million)
8. Furious 7 ($2.1 million / $2.6 million)
9. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 ($1.7 million / $2.3 million)
10. Home ($1.5 million / $2 million)
11. The Age of Adaline ($1.4 million / $1.8 million)
Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that four-day hauls for this weekend are on pace:
Tomorrowland: $43 million-$44 million
Pitch Perfect 2: $37 million
Poltergeist: $36 million
Mad Max: $35 million
Check back tomorrow for updated projections and official studio numbers.
Friday Update #1: Disney reports this morning that Tomorrowland brought in $725,000 from 701 locations last night with shows starting at 7pm. That gives the Brad Bird sci-fi adventure a per-theater average of $1,077. Given the limited number of theaters showing the film, and the fact that many of them were in premium screen formats, most comparisons for last night's performance won't be relevant. That said, the studio notes that with location averages projected out, this would line up with the likes of Interstellar ($2.7 million) or World War Z ($3.6 million).
Meanwhile, Fox and MGM's Poltergeist remake grossed a healthy $1.4 million from last night's shows beginning at 8pm in 2,500 theaters. That's essentially in between the most recent horror flicks to make any sort of mark on the box office, those being last year's Ouija ($0.91 million) and Annabelle ($2.1 million).
Overall, we continue to expect a competitive weekend ahead. In addition to the high profile new releases, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2 are each poised to carry over some of last weekend's success into Memorial Day weekend, while Avengers: Age of Ultron still remains a relatively strong presence in the market.
More as it comes...