'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Apr. 19 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 19 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rules of Engagement$996,917-8%3,19035$313$33,704,3932Paramount
228 Days$986,274-16%2,523--$391$13,483,6041Sony / Columbia
3The Road to El Dorado$850,556-12%3,2230$264$35,732,8143DreamWorks
4Keeping the Faith$731,600-11%2,152--$340$10,377,8071Disney
5Erin Brockovich$583,717-12%3,07066$190$101,148,1665Universal
6Return to Me$455,507-9%2,320313$196$16,670,7842MGM
7The Skulls$421,197-5%2,409-7$175$27,009,0113Universal
8Ready to Rumble$271,214-10%2,5850$105$8,025,9172Warner Bros.
9Romeo Must Die$248,831-11%1,824-465$136$48,714,7064Warner Bros.
10High Fidelity$244,573-10%1,2290$199$17,663,1013Disney