'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Nov. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Due Date$2,523,3079%3,355--$752$37,531,9861Warner Bros.
2Megamind$1,870,7721%3,944--$474$49,749,0221Paramount / DreamWorks
3For Colored Girls$1,053,145-8%2,127--$495$21,689,3261Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$637,47119%3,229-120$197$72,836,5134Summit
5Saw 3D$588,02913%2,8080$209$39,440,1922Lionsgate
6Paranormal Activity 2$410,3524%3,168-71$130$77,766,6103Paramount
7Jackass 3D$373,2336%2,165-974$172$111,395,3294Paramount
8Hereafter$344,45426%2,365-59$146$29,339,7454Warner Bros.
10The Social Network$250,18323%1,860-907$135$85,325,2506Sony / Columbia
11Life As We Know It$212,03129%1,950-910$109$48,882,2915Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$180,68743%672107$269$5,102,3594Fox Searchlight
2The Town$102,07115%801-807$127$89,938,7128Warner Bros.
3Waiting for 'Superman'$57,17033%242-88$236$5,508,3887Paramount Vantage
4Inception$31,19814%291-110$107$291,506,62717Warner Bros.
5Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$28,194-4%740-1270$38$54,069,1027Warner Bros.
6Easy A$27,81719%486-776$57$57,278,7958Sony / Screen Gems
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$27,58620%353-580$78$51,938,0457Fox
8Stone$21,29628%109-16$195$1,528,1945Relativity / Overture
9Despicable Me$20,0901%307-28$65$248,352,54518Universal
10Nowhere Boy$16,21926%17522$93$1,227,0815Weinstein Company
11It's Kind of a Funny Story$12,9512%201-276$64$6,220,8185Focus
13Alpha and Omega$8,3204%288-388$29$24,468,7098Lionsgate
14Case 39$8,10210%157-249$52$13,197,6606Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$57,83611%46--$1,257$761,0671Summit
2Hubble 3D$34,01129%60-1$567$17,806,89734Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$24,291-10%4--$6,073$316,2741Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$7,38756%14-2$528$24,726,17091Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Catfish$6,32528%55-82$115$3,162,4938Universal / Rogue
6Never Let Me Go$5,95538%51-75$117$2,294,5388Fox Searchlight
9Let Me In$2,682-3%95-283$28$12,004,8566Relativity / Overture
10Jack Goes Boating$2,08124%31-4$67$496,4598Relativity / Overture
11The Tillman Story$1,96450%240$82$768,25612Weinstein Company
12Wild Target$1,076-13%51$215$46,5782Freestyle
13Winter's Bone$53899%10-1$54$6,219,00422Roadside Attractions
14Piranha 3D$128-24%6-13$21$25,001,82912Weinstein Company
15The Concert$83-96%4-2$21$655,81216Weinstein Company
16I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$78-57%2-1$39$91,7775Anchor Bay