'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, Jan. 14 - Sun, Jan. 16

Wide (1000+)

1The Green Hornet$33,526,876--3,584--$9,355$33,526,8761Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$17,816,230--2,940--$6,060$17,816,2301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$11,004,755-25%3,459335$3,181$126,216,6504Paramount
4The King's Speech$9,186,20343%1,543785$5,953$44,710,0628Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$8,342,6483%2,328744$3,584$73,211,0067Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$7,194,865-47%3,394-281$2,120$134,280,8904Universal
7TRON: Legacy$5,679,858-44%2,439-574$2,329$156,918,4545Disney
8Yogi Bear$5,365,547-19%2,702-586$1,986$82,115,6195Warner Bros.
9The Fighter$5,101,140-27%2,414-114$2,113$65,745,8046Paramount
10Season of the Witch$4,606,584-57%2,82711$1,629$18,104,3242Relativity Media
12Country Strong$3,682,375-50%1,4240$2,586$13,287,5094Sony / Screen Gems
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,324,393-49%1,704-1110$1,364$98,067,1296Fox
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,118,591-54%1,666-1298$1,272$37,647,0144Fox
15The Tourist$1,680,709-55%1,420-1022$1,184$64,259,6556Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,399,204-41%941-566$1,487$289,803,4729Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$1,386,77697%230190$6,029$2,847,2613Weinstein Company
3Megamind$661,523141%341-34$1,940$145,416,60811Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Heart Specialist$473,062--422--$1,121$473,0621Freestyle
5How Do You Know$399,617-79%615-1287$650$29,940,2565Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$360,057-45%322-281$1,118$94,702,14916Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$321,06926%34197$942$100,064,63911Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$276,301151%10066$2,763$958,1165Lionsgate
9Burlesque$264,5313%29567$897$38,633,0178Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$243,256-29%303-95$803$80,392,10310Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$154,845-47%166-46$933$31,970,2788Fox
12Red (2010)$140,008-30%206-55$680$90,065,33214Summit
14Life As We Know It$88,487-42%132-56$670$53,273,36115Warner Bros.
15Despicable Me$63,010-47%137-41$460$251,476,98528Universal
16Morning Glory (2010)$54,578-43%127-51$430$30,982,32910Paramount
17For Colored Girls$27,258432%11190$246$37,714,86011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Yamla Pagla Deewana$504,116--84--$6,001$504,1161Eros International
2Barney's Version$362,524--42--$8,632$1,094,6341Sony Pictures Classics
3Somewhere (2010)$251,11354%5336$4,738$982,9304Focus
4127 Hours$162,933-25%76-12$2,144$11,073,51811Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$145,8236%48-6$3,038$20,763,56844Warner Bros. / IMAX
6I Love You Phillip Morris$131,010-40%95-5$1,379$1,659,0327Roadside Attractions
7Casino Jack$120,934-23%608$2,016$611,2945IDP/ATO Pictures
8Another Year$111,80628%136$8,600$450,0953Sony Pictures Classics
9No One Killed Jessica$99,269-56%45-3$2,206$372,3572UTV Communications
10Made in Dagenham$93,6238%8929$1,052$758,3459Sony Pictures Classics
11The Illusionist (2010)$60,47283%74$8,639$254,2654Sony Pictures Classics
12Fair Game (2010)$45,080-38%79-24$571$9,320,83311Summit
13Under the Sea 3D$43,56032%143$3,111$26,750,135101Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Faster (2010)$41,061-20%77-2$533$23,001,2068CBS Films
15Inside Job$34,820-38%28-18$1,244$3,613,23815Sony Pictures Classics
16The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$29,68414%37-5$802$5,116,33912Music Box
17All Good Things$24,242-44%29-1$836$422,3947Magnolia Pictures
18The Warrior's Way$23,853-19%7745$310$5,636,6557Relativity Media
19Down for Life$23,176--5--$4,635$23,1761B.D.Fox Independent
20Space Station 3D$15,163--2--$7,582$82,581,545457IMAX
21Paranormal Activity 2$13,542-60%40-50$339$84,747,72713Paramount
22Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$13,434-76%41-54$328$55,668,07017Warner Bros.
23Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$13,405-28%50$2,681$40,2264Saint Juste International
24Jackass 3D$13,362-66%22-48$607$117,222,00714Paramount
25Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$12,377-32%10$12,377$49,9582First Run Features
26Every Day$9,857--3--$3,286$9,8571Image Entertainment
27Mesrine: Killer Instinct$9,7861696%97$1,087$544,94721Music Box
28Tiny Furniture$9,556-51%12-7$796$335,16010IFC
29Four Lions$9,507-21%132$731$273,31711Drafthouse Films
31Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,491-4%83$1,186$352,68614Zeitgeist Films
32Deep Sea 3D$9,21965%30$3,073$43,977,794255Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Waste Land$8,848539%31$2,949$114,26012Arthouse Films
34White Material$8,789-54%13-8$676$287,0139IFC
35Summer Wars$7,137-48%9-5$793$53,6324GKIDS
36Winter's Bone$6,16229%71$880$6,263,18832Roadside Attractions
37The Tempest$5,74918%52$1,150$249,7976Disney
38The Salvation Poem$5,676-3%10$5,676$506,37414CanZion Films
39Ong Bak 3$5,648--3--$1,883$5,6481Magnolia
40Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$5,641--1--$5,641$5,6411Kino International
41Marwencol$4,92637%62$821$74,45315Cinema Guild
42Bhutto$3,999-69%3-1$1,333$58,6227First Run Features
43The Time That Remains$3,449-47%10$3,449$13,6332IFC
44The Strange Case of Angelica$3,436-39%20$1,718$27,7403Cinema Guild
45Kings of Pastry$3,419-69%40$855$295,69218First Run
46Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,114-9%20$1,557$23,496,830172National Geographic
48Feed the Fish$3,008-32%3-1$1,003$96,6889Strand
49The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,53221%30$844$700,95724National Geographic
50A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,506--1--$2,506$2,5061Strand Releasing
51Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$2,405-25%5-1$481$179,91111Magnolia
52William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$2,057417%21$1,029$36,3749Oscilloscope
53My Dog Tulip$1,996-85%1-3$1,996$176,97120New Yorker Films
54Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,868412%86$234$265,25920Music Box
55Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,768--1--$1,768$57,29012Variance Films
56Enemies of the People$1,581--3--$527$49,56025International Film Circuit
58Night Catches Us$1,355-52%3-1$452$61,7197Magnolia
59Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,236-30%1-1$1,236$24,07111Variance Films
60Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$1,229--3--$410$163,35119Lorber
61Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$1,066-80%5-7$213$235,1467Oscilloscope
62Plastic Planet$740--1--$740$7401First Run Features
63Tees Maar Khan$293-98%4-34$73$1,076,2664UTV Communications
64Red Hill$293-78%10$293$20,89811Strand
65Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$214-97%1-1$214$90,70730Kino International