'Tomorrowland' ($41.7M) Inches Past 'Pitch Perfect 2' ($38.5M) In Close Race for First; 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Third with $32.1M; 'Poltergeist' Debuts in Fifth with Solid $26.5MMay 25, 2015 09:27 AM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Tomorrowland was able to hold off Universal's Pitch Perfect 2 in a close race for first place over the holiday weekend with an estimated four-day debut of $41.74 million. The Brad Bird directed sci-fi family film starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson opened on the very low end of pre-release expectations. Despite opening on the lower end of expectations, the film's debut was an underwhelming one, especially given the film's large price tag and Memorial Day weekend release date. The four-day start of Tomorrowland was a slim 3 percent ahead of the $40.42 million four-day take of 2011's Super 8. The revised three-day estimate for Tomorrowland stands at $32.97 million. That gives the film an estimated four-day to three-day ratio of 1.27 to 1. Tomorrowland received a modest B rating on CinemaScore.

On the heels of last weekend's break-out start, Pitch Perfect 2 experienced a respectable second weekend hold this weekend with an estimated four-day take of $38.54 million. The successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick was down 44 percent from last weekend's three-day debut. Pitch Perfect 2 zoomed past the $100 million domestic mark this weekend and has grossed a stronger than expected $126.02 million in eleven days. That places the film an impressive 35 percent ahead of the $93.16 million eleven-day gross of last year's Neighbors.

Warner's Mad Max: Fury Road placed in third with an estimated four-day take of $32.10 million. The critically acclaimed action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron was down 29 percent from last weekend's three-day start. Mad Max: Fury Road held up nicely for a high-profile action film in its second weekend of release. The film has grossed $95.53 million in eleven days. That is on the high end of expectations and places the film 4 percent ahead of the $91.92 million eleven-day take of 2012's Prometheus. The revised three-day estimate for Mad Max: Fury Road is $24.82 million.

Avengers: Age of Ultron claimed fourth place with an estimated four-day take of $27.81 million. In the process, the blockbuster superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel surpassed the $400 million domestic mark this weekend. Avengers: Age of Ultron was down 28 percent from last weekend and has grossed $410.98 million in 25 days. The film is currently running 22 percent behind the $523.91 million 25-day take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers and 10 percent ahead of the $372.78 million 25-day gross of 2013's Iron Man 3. The revised three-day estimate for Avengers: Age of Ultron is $21.69 million.

Poltergeist rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated four-day start of $26.50 million. The PG-13 rated horror remake from Fox and MGM debuted in line with its wide ranging expectations and was off to a solid start with its modest price tag in mind. The four-day take for Poltergeist was 4 percent behind the $27.48 million four-day start of 2013's Evil Dead. The revised three-day estimate for Poltergeist stands at $22.60 million. That places the film's estimated four-day to three-day ratio at a front-loaded 1.17 to 1. Poltergeist was soft on CinemaScore with a C+ rating, which is a very common occurrence for a horror film.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 27 - Sun, Aug. 29

Wide (1000+)

1Takers$20,512,304--2,206--$9,298$20,512,3041Sony / Screen Gems
2The Last Exorcism$20,366,613--2,874--$7,087$20,366,6131Lionsgate
3The Expendables$9,527,937-44%3,398128$2,804$82,040,1833Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$6,815,555-44%3,10826$2,193$60,531,3263Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$6,285,712-38%3,181-291$1,976$99,018,1724Sony / Columbia
6Vampires Suck$5,221,780-57%3,2330$1,615$27,834,2562Fox
7Inception$4,876,356-38%2,070-331$2,356$270,519,9207Warner Bros.
8Nanny McPhee Returns$4,714,215-44%2,79814$1,685$16,991,2852Universal
9The Switch (2010)$4,583,481-46%2,0175$2,272$16,410,0092Miramax
10Piranha 3D$4,302,878-57%2,49121$1,727$18,266,8892Weinstein Company
11Lottery Ticket$3,854,303-64%1,9730$1,954$17,284,6412Warner Bros.
12Despicable Me$2,859,680-39%1,833-403$1,560$236,276,0858Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$2,505,555-52%1,566-1254$1,600$26,166,9453Universal
14Salt$1,883,890-25%1,168-626$1,613$113,260,6446Sony / Columbia
15Dinner for Schmucks$1,779,540-49%1,501-648$1,186$69,204,3725Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

2Get Low$1,640,176130%570424$2,878$3,633,4515Sony Pictures Classics
3Step Up 3D$1,227,816-61%901-691$1,363$39,715,3044Disney
4Toy Story 3$1,010,710-34%600-130$1,685$405,659,22111Disney
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$675,231-60%823-757$820$41,279,2445Warner Bros.
6The Kids Are All Right$522,172-36%342-62$1,527$19,149,7018Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$514,653-9%476-81$1,081$298,027,7529Summit
8The Last Airbender$418,754122%30683$1,368$130,590,2569Paramount
9Ramona and Beezus$320,050-21%354-34$904$24,817,3556Fox
10The Girl Who Played With Fire$296,518-21%1765$1,685$6,184,3268Music Box
11Grown Ups$267,350-37%263-161$1,017$159,372,00610Sony / Columbia
12The Sorcerer's Apprentice$264,319-44%312-160$847$61,075,2787Disney
13Hubble 3D$263,530-25%1510$1,745$14,558,69124Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Karate Kid (2010)$248,539-34%255-59$975$175,908,76312Sony / Columbia
15Charlie St. Cloud$213,100-55%333-314$640$30,749,8755Universal
16Shrek Forever After$192,638-31%207-25$931$238,053,79015Paramount / DreamWorks
17Knight and Day$182,311-30%229-48$796$75,986,16410Fox
19Winter's Bone$140,868-34%117-13$1,204$5,426,06412Roadside Attractions
20Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$106,901-39%157-29$681$90,586,62314Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Mao's Last Dancer$299,69150%7542$3,996$1,193,8132Samuel Goldwyn
2Nick Saban: Gamechanger$188,786--26--$7,261$188,7861Flashlight
3Cairo Time$182,40938%4817$3,800$604,7384IFC
4Mesrine: Killer Instinct$152,873--28--$5,460$152,8731Music Box
5Animal Kingdom$123,59422%3917$3,169$372,5113Sony Pictures Classics
6What If...$97,91897%5532$1,780$162,7682Five & Two Pictures
7Flipped$70,38842%26-3$2,707$671,1094Warner Bros.
8The A-Team$66,992-38%92-59$728$77,096,45912Fox
9I Am Love$64,776-42%52-31$1,246$4,535,78611Magnolia
10Peepli Live$60,265-63%45-25$1,339$704,7743UTV Communications
11Under the Sea 3D$54,107-27%160$3,382$23,983,85981Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Concert$52,199-2%200$2,610$370,2816Weinstein Company
13The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$51,060-7%214$2,431$349,3624National Geographic
15Restrepo$40,812-31%37-7$1,103$1,123,81810National Geographic
17Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$36,221-36%21-6$1,725$447,8026NeoClassics
18The Tillman Story$31,670-39%51$6,334$108,0852Weinstein Company
19Please Give$29,840141%4527$663$4,010,32018Sony Pictures Classics
20Lebanon$28,016-18%14-1$2,001$143,14046Sony Pictures Classics
21The Extra Man$26,107-57%24-9$1,088$334,6645Magnolia
22The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$22,580-46%29-12$779$9,980,95624Music Box
23A Film Unfinished$20,296-40%51$4,059$91,4982Oscilloscope
24La Soga$16,988-53%12-8$1,416$144,43237-57 Releasing
25Cyrus$16,261-52%32-24$508$7,353,11511Fox Searchlight
26Change of Plans$15,378--2--$7,689$15,3781IFC
27Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$15,339-63%28-19$548$1,594,53312Sony Pictures Classics
28Life During Wartime$14,348-24%14-1$1,025$242,5916IFC
29Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$13,781-42%51$2,756$173,3146Arthouse Films
30Exit Through the Gift Shop$12,769-34%9-1$1,419$3,200,41420Producers Distribution Agency
31Deep Sea 3D$12,698-5%30$4,233$43,718,749235Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Soul Kitchen$12,224-42%97$1,358$44,3882IFC
33Solitary Man$10,881-44%190$573$4,313,17815Anchor Bay
34The Disappearance of Alice Creed$10,506-32%7-1$1,501$129,2014Anchor Bay
35Date Night$10,205-32%13-10$785$98,700,49421Fox
36Mademoiselle Chambon$8,970-34%11-1$815$307,42014Lorber
37Micmacs$8,6982%13-11$669$1,187,75114Sony Classics
38Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$8,107-60%12-18$676$2,905,49012IFC
39The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$7,497-20%134$577$6,330,41120Sony Pictures Classics
40Winnebago Man$7,447-35%70$1,064$131,7008Kino International
42Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$6,314-37%10-9$631$351,73110Sony Pictures Classics
43Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$4,980-49%10$4,980$43,78311The Film Desk
44The Nature of Existence$4,5271886%21$2,264$42,51811Walking Shadows
45Army of Crime$4,367-46%2-1$2,184$19,0212Lorber
46Patrik, Age 1.5$4,275-76%4-5$1,069$50,9904Here Films
48Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,228-60%4-2$1,057$283,62714Rialto
49Circle$3,926--2--$1,963$3,9261Indican Pictures
50Around a Small Mountain$3,604--3--$1,201$24,5578Cinema Guild
51The People I've Slept With$3,437--1--$3,437$11,1383People Pictures
52Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,969-68%2-3$985$669,81324Zeitgeist
53The Milk of Sorrow$1,914--1--$1,914$1,9141Olive Films
54The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,702--21--$81$97,55821International Film Circuit
55Mother and Child$1,665-21%4-9$416$1,098,39617Sony Pictures Classics
56Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,453820%10$1,453$47,30410Kino International
57Daniel and Ana$1,400--1--$1,400$1,4001Strand
58The Sicilian Girl$1,37818%31$459$21,0334Music Box
59The Law$1,21410%10$1,214$17,35110Oscilloscope
60Orlando (2010 re-issue)$1,07939%3-2$360$55,4126Sony Pictures Classics
62Princess Kaiulani$1,045-10%10$1,045$871,86916Roadside Attractions
63Countdown to Zero$1,011-83%4-2$253$251,7286Magnolia
64Stonewall Uprising$732632%10$732$119,40711First Run Features
65City Island$649-63%1-3$649$6,670,71224Anchor Bay
66Tales From Earthsea$589-94%1-4$589$48,0433Disney
67Spoken Word$516-81%2-1$258$23,7466Variance
68Crude$499--1--$499$170,29551First Run
69Kings of the Evening$350-35%10$350$98,68229Indican Pictures
70Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$250-79%10$250$348,29017Kino International
71Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$250--1--$250$66,90113Indican Pictures
72Everyone Else$160-91%10$160$92,85963Cinema Guild