Grosses

'Tomorrowland' ($42.7M) Outpaces 'Pitch Perfect 2' ($38.3M) in Close Race for First; 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Third with $31.3M; 'Poltergeist' Debuts in Fifth with Solid $26.3MMay 26, 2015 12:48 PM

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 a four-day debut of $42.68 million. The Brad Bird directed sci-fi family film starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. Despite opening on the low 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 6 percent ahead of the $40.42 million four-day take of 2011's Super 8. Tomorrowland took in $33.03 million over the three-day frame, which gave the film a four-day to three-day ratio of 1.29 to 1. The film received a modest B rating on CinemaScore, which isn't the greatest early sign going forward; especially given the film's mixed critical reviews.

On the heels of last weekend's break-out start, Pitch Perfect 2 experienced a respectable second weekend hold this weekend with a second place four-day take of $38.25 million. The successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick was down 45 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 $125.74 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. Pitch Perfect 2 grossed $30.81 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's Mad Max: Fury Road placed in third with a four-day take of $31.29 million. The critically acclaimed action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron was down 31 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 $94.72 million in eleven days. That is on the high end of expectations and places the film 3 percent ahead of the $91.92 million eleven-day take of 2012's Prometheus. The three-day take for Mad Max: Fury Road was $24.64 million.

Avengers: Age of Ultron claimed fourth place with a four-day take of $28.20 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 27 percent from last weekend and has grossed $411.37 million in 25 days. The film is currently running 21.5 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. Avengers: Age of Ultron grossed $21.69 million over the three-day weekend.

Poltergeist rounded out the weekend's top five with a four-day start of $26.34 million. The PG-13 rated horror remake from Fox and MGM debuted in line with 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. Poltergeist took in $22.62 million over the three-day frame. That placed the film's four-day to three-day ratio at a very front-loaded 1.16 to 1. Poltergeist was soft on CinemaScore with a C+ rating, which is a very common occurrence for a horror film.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Sep. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$1,073,258-69%2,823--$380$20,879,3761Focus
2Machete$1,012,596-62%2,670--$379$15,115,4841Fox
3Takers$778,411-71%2,2060$353$40,765,2282Sony / Screen Gems
4Going the Distance (2010)$616,264-62%3,030--$203$9,124,5541Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Expendables$497,432-71%3,3980$146$94,383,0264Lionsgate
6Eat Pray Love$484,327-65%2,663-445$182$70,763,9714Sony / Columbia
7The Last Exorcism$447,231-68%2,8740$156$33,969,8062Lionsgate
8The Other Guys$337,980-75%2,607-574$130$108,468,8195Sony / Columbia
9Inception$329,334-75%1,704-366$193$278,786,9438Warner Bros.
10The Switch (2010)$253,262-68%1,885-132$134$22,545,4633Miramax
11Piranha 3D$202,088-65%1,789-702$113$23,308,0473Weinstein Company
12Nanny McPhee Returns$175,985-86%2,708-90$65$23,848,6453Universal
13Despicable Me$135,985-87%1,600-233$85$241,634,6159Universal
14Vampires Suck$126,615-83%2,434-799$52$33,367,2173Fox
15Lottery Ticket$116,410-79%1,310-663$89$21,191,3823Warner Bros.
16Toy Story 3$109,923-86%1,520920$72$409,000,33112Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$182,484-74%8120$225$758,430,32438Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$125,085-71%807-759$155$29,392,2154Universal
3Salt$87,469-75%705-463$124$115,649,1317Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$64,970-73%804-697$81$71,231,7866Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$62,785-69%434-467$145$41,347,1825Disney
6The Kids Are All Right$30,849-69%239-103$129$19,922,1079Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$30,685-72%396-80$77$298,829,15110Summit
8Hubble 3D$28,350-74%123-28$230$15,138,77225Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Last Airbender$21,827-78%257-49$85$131,178,97810Paramount
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$21,250-88%455-368$47$42,230,5736Warner Bros.
11Ramona and Beezus$12,559-88%305-49$41$25,318,7597Fox
12Charlie St. Cloud$9,895-71%220-113$45$31,010,9056Universal
13Shrek Forever After$8,824-83%179-28$49$238,380,81116Paramount / DreamWorks
14Knight and Day$6,855-75%142-87$48$76,238,59411Fox
15Predators$5,364-60%111-76$48$51,794,1979Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tillman Story$12,630-71%2419$526$316,1903Weinstein Company
2Winter's Bone$10,139-68%93-26$109$5,650,14513Roadside Attractions
3Under the Sea 3D$4,593-78%160$287$24,115,54782Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$4,167-78%282$149$774,3035Warner Bros.
5The A-Team$3,145-61%54-38$58$77,190,47913Fox
6The Concert$3,010-79%200$151$456,4267Weinstein Company
7Marmaduke$1,607-83%45-21$36$33,631,95414Fox
8Cyrus$1,454-45%26-6$56$7,382,56212Fox Searchlight
9La Soga$1,200-51%5-7$240$163,03247-57 Releasing
10Solitary Man$1,018-51%245$42$4,340,66116Anchor Bay
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$881-67%6-1$147$147,9535Anchor Bay
12Princess Kaiulani$632-58%32$211$876,93617Roadside Attractions
13White Wedding (2009)$358-69%4--$90$7,3621Dada Films