'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, Feb. 24 - Sun, Feb. 26

Wide (1000+)

1Act of Valor$24,476,632--3,039--$8,054$24,476,6321Relativity Media
2Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$15,583,924--2,132--$7,310$15,583,9241Lionsgate
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$13,389,102-33%3,350-150$3,997$76,645,4533Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$10,926,145-54%3,052-69$3,580$97,622,7053Universal
5The Vow$9,916,774-57%3,03880$3,264$102,924,1173Sony / Screen Gems
6Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$9,006,135-59%3,1740$2,837$38,038,2172Sony / Columbia
7This Means War$8,425,010-52%3,1890$2,642$33,495,6462Fox
10The Secret World of Arrietty$4,351,115-33%1,5220$2,859$14,508,9202Disney
12Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,174,955-60%1,618-1037$1,962$40,444,5853Fox
13The Woman in Black$2,722,485-59%1,727-832$1,576$50,451,6814CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Artist$2,905,85820%966158$3,008$31,779,65714Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$2,133,442-27%889-354$2,400$78,460,13515Fox Searchlight
4The Grey$800,285-75%917-1190$873$50,179,0915Open Road
5The Iron Lady$694,982-35%522-101$1,331$25,721,5799Weinstein Company
6Big Miracle$668,805-70%628-1006$1,065$18,903,5804Universal
7Red Tails$437,013-70%489-520$894$48,670,0986Fox
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$377,069-24%311-89$1,212$130,384,57911Fox
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$350,335-37%333-70$1,052$185,888,95311Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$341,549-31%164-20$2,083$23,276,12612Focus
11My Week with Marilyn$304,95954%402282$759$14,074,65114Weinstein Company
12We Bought a Zoo$284,720-5%280-7$1,017$74,096,24610Fox
13The Adventures of Tintin$274,988-29%272-31$1,011$76,901,74210Paramount
142012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$274,264-26%1468$1,879$1,470,4723Shorts International
15Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$258,148-59%280-297$922$31,215,13210Warner Bros.
16Underworld Awakening$242,887-79%260-566$934$62,149,8336Sony / Screen Gems
17Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$237,227-51%178-97$1,333$207,771,02711Paramount
18Joyful Noise$183,920-16%277-63$664$30,586,6397Warner Bros.
19The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$178,163-48%125-64$1,425$101,701,26710Sony / Columbia
20War Horse$175,780-41%213-181$825$79,041,41210Disney / DreamWorks
22Midnight in Paris$159,6221530%164148$973$56,720,57941Sony Pictures Classics
23The Muppets$145,905-30%205-64$712$88,355,06814Disney
24One For the Money$137,867-82%229-704$602$25,951,3365Lionsgate
25Albert Nobbs$129,051-33%100-19$1,291$2,610,6285Roadside Attractions
26Puss in Boots (2011)$116,725-38%138-25$846$149,234,74718Paramount / DreamWorks
27Jack and Jill$80,972-33%109-25$743$74,158,15716Sony / Columbia
28The Help$22,594141%138125$164$169,697,33329Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

1A Separation$366,33019%8329$4,414$2,532,8609Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$192,128-35%835$2,315$2,558,45110IFC Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$117,164-22%40-5$2,929$16,625,10847Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Rampart$98,394-22%4517$2,187$375,4873Millennium Entertainment
5Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$94,583--48--$1,970$94,5831UTV Communications
6A Dangerous Method$93,224-39%81-15$1,151$5,344,81014Sony Pictures Classics
7In Darkness$88,7137%228$4,032$278,1383Sony Pictures Classics
8Thin Ice$79,878-56%46-7$1,736$342,6872IDP/ATO Pictures
9The Darkest Hour$65,568-34%94-19$698$21,426,80510Summit
10Beauty and the Beast 3D$55,057-78%59-155$933$47,228,7867Disney
11Man on a Ledge$54,636-84%76-325$719$18,600,9115Lionsgate
12Jodi Breakers$52,618--1--$52,618$52,6181Yash Raj Films
13Happy Feet Two$51,661-47%85-50$608$63,934,37015Warner Bros.
14Hubble 3D$48,272-22%18-1$2,682$31,178,184102Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Under the Sea 3D$46,065-1%110$4,188$30,669,995159Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Shame$42,820-36%25-19$1,713$3,807,64313Fox Searchlight
17Love$41,260-50%81$5,158$172,4092China Lion Film
18Chico & Rita$40,56332%127$3,380$118,6223GKIDS
19Haywire$40,071-43%37-42$1,083$18,827,1656Relativity Media
20Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$39,866-83%35-63$1,139$1,130,8423UTV Communications
21We Need to Talk About Kevin$37,540-47%160$2,346$671,86712Oscilloscope
22W.E.$27,627-48%15-5$1,842$265,2764Weinstein Company
23The Forgiveness of Blood$26,724--3--$8,908$26,7241IFC Films
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$25,875188%120$2,156$4,830,343943D Entertainment
25Coriolanus$22,032-44%8-5$2,754$365,1696Weinstein Company
26The Sitter$20,167-33%30-13$672$30,505,21212Fox
27Undefeated$19,313-42%50$3,863$70,1952Weinstein Company
28Carnage (2011)$18,560-44%22-13$844$2,464,07611Sony Pictures Classics
29The Flowers of War$16,696231%74$2,385$242,7326Wrekin Hill Entertainment
30Pariah (2011)$12,759-38%130$981$712,7059Focus
31Deep Sea 3D$10,90439%20$5,452$44,513,390313Warner Bros. / IMAX
32On the Ice$8,257-54%51$1,651$36,8252PMK*BNC
33The Women on the 6th Floor$7,506-31%5-1$1,501$617,85921Strand Releasing
34The Skin I Live In$7,168524%1410$512$3,169,33220Sony Pictures Classics
35The Devil Inside$7,049-51%25-9$282$53,193,9258Paramount
36Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,394141%20$2,697$869,50134International Film Circuit
37The Fairy$4,199--3--$1,400$4,1991Kino Lorber
38Michael (2012)$4,16324%21$2,082$11,0062Strand Releasing
39Declaration of War$4,008-15%114$364$41,0925IFC Films
40In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,787-47%4-4$947$292,86510FilmDistrict
41Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,59859%42$900$67,3718Cinema Guild
42The Conquest$3,070626%31$1,023$189,48516Music Box Films
43My Reincarnation$2,356639%1-1$2,356$85,14518Long Shot Factory
44Young Goethe In Love$1,990-32%2-3$995$148,85717Music Box Films
45Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,98183%1-1$1,981$289,33919Submarine Deluxe
46Kung Fu Joe$1,894-32%10$1,894$10,7943Indican Pictures
47Take Shelter$1,805461%3-1$602$1,726,54922Sony Pictures Classics
48Khodorkovsky$1,639-43%21$820$36,98813Kino Lorber
49The Innkeepers$1,576-54%5-2$315$77,5014Magnolia / Magnet
50The Whale$1,496121%10$1,496$71,87325Paladin
51Death of the Virgin$1,482-69%1-1$1,482$21,7303Indican Pictures
52Melancholia$1,433-48%3-2$478$3,029,87016Magnolia Pictures
53The Turin Horse$1,342-60%20$671$21,8293Cinema Guild
54The Way$1,234-63%2-3$617$4,426,00521Producers Distribution Agency
55Hell and Back Again$62812%20$314$39,16521Docurama Films
56Eames: The Architect and the Painter$59415%10$594$147,52515First Run Features
57Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$555-61%10$555$50,53129Lorber Films
58The Man Nobody Knew$173--1--$173$183,34223First Run Features
59Putin's Kiss$155-90%10$155$2,6592Kino Lorber
60Windfall$54--1--$54$2,5294First Run Features