'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 Fri, Dec. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1TRON: Legacy$17,509,781--3,451--$5,074$17,509,7811Disney
2Yogi Bear$4,602,095--3,515--$1,309$4,602,0951Warner Bros.
3The Fighter$3,941,21112297%2,5032499$1,575$4,375,1462Paramount
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,555,851127%3,5550$1,000$33,919,4262Fox
5How Do You Know$2,572,546--2,483--$1,036$2,572,5461Sony / Columbia
6The Tourist$2,553,324101%2,7560$926$24,644,5572Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,320,55570%2,860-717$462$262,021,8125Warner Bros.
9Unstoppable (2010)$555,60964%1,874-1093$296$76,098,2176Fox
10Burlesque$416,1266%1,510-1366$276$34,528,0364Sony / Screen Gems
11Due Date$379,32430%1,157-833$328$96,444,2467Warner Bros.
12Love and Other Drugs$338,821-6%1,093-1147$310$29,428,0844Fox
13Megamind$150,348-20%1,025-1400$147$141,101,3107Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$2,516,655466%959869$2,624$9,924,9293Fox Searchlight
2127 Hours$149,20017%307-109$486$8,914,7277Fox Searchlight
3Faster (2010)$125,453-30%660-1446$190$22,192,0014CBS Films
4Red (2010)$96,56289%439-125$220$88,189,98310Summit
5The Social Network$68,43643%2281$300$91,627,33712Sony / Columbia
6Fair Game (2010)$53,553-1%268-168$200$8,483,9687Summit
7The Next Three Days$52,883-54%361-1065$146$20,815,9335Lionsgate
8Despicable Me$40,775113%233-25$175$250,363,09024Universal
9Morning Glory (2010)$33,703-46%263-741$128$30,485,0416Paramount
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$24,79373%210-78$118$55,112,29513Warner Bros.
11The Warrior's Way$24,398-78%217-1405$112$5,444,2153Relativity Media
12Paranormal Activity 2$22,064352%17449$127$84,376,5049Paramount
13Easy A$21,102--161-42$131$58,349,09814Sony / Screen Gems
14Hereafter$20,336446%232145$88$32,526,09910Warner Bros.
15The Town$16,148-13%144-111$112$92,033,41414Warner Bros.
16Skyline$14,145-8%123-154$115$21,329,6056Universal / Rogue

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$272,607224%4324$6,340$2,112,4354Weinstein Company
2I Love You Phillip Morris$36,386107%4914$743$410,8973Roadside Attractions
3Hubble 3D$26,1983%56-1$468$19,276,75540Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$22,73928%150$1,516$405,3367Warner Bros.
5Rabbit Hole$15,308--5--$3,062$15,3081Lionsgate
6Life As We Know It$11,97056%75-45$160$52,247,44411Warner Bros.
7For Colored Girls$9,828-29%79-164$124$37,598,5517Lionsgate
8Under the Sea 3D$8,65435%110$787$25,064,82297Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Inception$8,56433%62-46$138$292,494,10823Warner Bros.
10Jackass 3D$4,879-18%50-58$98$116,862,61510Paramount
11Stone$4,081267%6445$64$1,786,16811Relativity / Overture
12Waiting for 'Superman'$1,781-81%33-22$54$6,403,95513Paramount Vantage
13Winter's Bone$98891%41$247$6,234,81728Roadside Attractions
14Hemingway's Garden of Eden$323-81%5-9$65$19,8712Roadside Attractions
15Cool It$39-59%2-8$20$62,4596Roadside Attractions