'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 Thu, Nov. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$1,227,637-3%2,808--$437$30,600,7081Lionsgate
2Red (2010)$1,076,74613%3,34976$322$63,012,8763Summit
3Jackass 3D$954,6708%3,13928$304$105,717,0753Paramount
4Paranormal Activity 2$891,9825%3,23923$275$69,925,1222Paramount
6Hereafter$584,1992%2,424243$241$24,709,6693Warner Bros.
7The Social Network$501,95614%2,767-154$181$81,446,6325Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$485,04915%2,860-159$170$45,440,0734Warner Bros.
9The Town$250,25910%1,608-310$156$88,583,8577Warner Bros.
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$169,18539%2,010-226$84$53,530,0956Warner Bros.
11Easy A$103,76612%1,262-370$82$56,748,6117Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$190,1552%510455$373$3,166,1443Fox Searchlight
2Waiting for 'Superman'$113,5632%33040$344$5,012,8436Paramount Vantage
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$94,82416%933-322$102$51,554,2906Fox
4It's Kind of a Funny Story$56,178-5%477-83$118$6,022,6224Focus
5Inception$49,43111%401-51$123$291,130,91416Warner Bros.
6Alpha and Omega$40,11326%676-51$59$24,307,4367Lionsgate
7Stone$33,5797%12512$269$1,314,0174Relativity / Overture
9My Soul to Take$25,3102%713-976$35$14,744,4354Universal / Rogue
10Despicable Me$25,0207%33511$75$247,984,01017Universal
12Nowhere Boy$18,26310%153-62$119$1,054,9894Weinstein Company
13Case 39$17,729-6%406-315$44$13,111,6855Paramount Vantage
14Never Let Me Go$17,38715%126-52$138$2,242,3887Fox Searchlight
15Let Me In$17,274-2%378-135$46$11,967,1005Relativity / Overture
16Catfish$13,7601%137-2$100$3,101,4487Universal / Rogue

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$44,25315%611$725$17,552,48233Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$6,57348%160$411$24,670,68390Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The American$3,33938%42-34$80$35,606,3769Focus
6The Tillman Story$3,1247%240$130$752,02211Weinstein Company
7Wild Target$2,4602%4--$615$33,2881Freestyle
8Lottery Ticket$2,2782%70-22$33$24,719,87911Warner Bros.
9I Want Your Money$2,07216%59-113$35$433,5883Freestyle
10Jack Goes Boating$1,839-1%350$53$478,7827Relativity / Overture
11Vampires Suck$1,13317%49-5$23$36,649,59711Fox
12The Concert$93172%61$155$653,42515Weinstein Company
13Winter's Bone$9239%11-7$84$6,213,94221Roadside Attractions
14Piranha 3D$602-25%1913$32$24,993,55711Weinstein Company
15I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$201-2%3-5$67$90,5084Anchor Bay