Grosses

'Pitch Perfect 2' Zooms to $87.5M After Leading Thursday with $3.91M; 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Speeds to $63.4M After $3.71M Daily TakeMay 22, 2015 12:28 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Pitch Perfect 2 moved back into first place on Thursday with $3.91 million. The successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick increased a slim 1 percent over Wednesday. Pitch Perfect 2 has led the daily box office for five of the past seven days and was the week's top film with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $87.49 million. The film continues to rocket past the $65.00 million final domestic gross of 2012's Pitch Perfect and is currently running a very impressive 33.5 percent ahead of the $65.53 million seven-day take of last year's Neighbors.

Mad Max: Fury Road fell one spot to land in second with $3.71 million. The critically acclaimed action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron was down 6 percent from Wednesday. Mad Max: Fury Road placed in second for the week with a seven-day take of $63.43 million. That was on the high end of expectations and was 8 percent below the $68.66 million seven-day start of 2012's Prometheus. Thanks to stronger word of mouth and the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Mad Max: Fury Road is expected to have a much stronger second weekend hold than that of Prometheus.

Avengers: Age of Ultron held steady in third place with $2.35 million. The blockbuster superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel was up 1 percent over Wednesday and down 42 percent from last Thursday. Age of Ultron placed in third for the week with $49.999 million. That was down 49 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a massive $383.17 million. Avengers: Age of Ultron is running 20 percent behind the $476.68 million three-week take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers and 10 percent ahead of the $348.08 million three-week gross of 2013's Iron Man 3.

Warner's Hot Pursuit took in $0.465 million to remain in fourth. The comedy from MGM and New Line starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara was up 3 percent over Wednesday and down 32.5 percent from last Thursday. Hot Pursuit landed in fourth place for the week with $7.72 million. That was down 56 percent from the film's opening week performance and places the film's two-week total at a softer than expected $25.45 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Oct. 6 - Sun, Oct. 8

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Departed$26,886,818--3,017--$8,912$26,886,8181Warner Bros.
2The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning$18,508,228--2,820--$6,563$18,508,2281New Line
3Open Season (2006)$15,625,128-34%3,8330$4,076$43,753,0212Sony / Columbia
4Employee of the Month$11,409,030--2,579--$4,424$11,409,0301Lionsgate
5The Guardian (2006)$9,570,277-47%3,2410$2,953$32,321,6732Disney
6jackass: number two$6,515,710-55%3,007-56$2,167$62,809,4463Paramount
7School for Scoundrels (2006)$3,433,207-60%3,0073$1,142$13,989,2602MGM / Weinstein
8Jet Li's Fearless$2,289,887-54%1,617-193$1,416$21,760,6263Rogue
9Gridiron Gang$2,236,743-51%2,228-805$1,004$36,556,0114Sony / Columbia
10The Illusionist (2006)$1,905,644-30%1,149-170$1,659$34,151,6728Yari Film Group