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 Fri, Feb. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$6,739,166--3,043--$2,215$6,739,1661Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$6,217,357--3,154--$1,971$6,217,3571Disney / DreamWorks
3Just Go With It$5,215,143177%3,5480$1,470$47,771,1072Sony / Columbia
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$4,782,465--2,821--$1,695$4,782,4651Fox
5Gnomeo and Juliet$4,255,063319%3,01420$1,412$35,275,5952Disney
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,790,976295%3,11813$1,216$38,663,7252Paramount
7The King's Speech$1,496,663132%2,086-177$717$98,208,63913Weinstein Company
8The Roommate$1,217,990202%2,160-374$564$29,811,5543Sony / Screen Gems
9The Eagle$1,000,58187%2,2960$436$12,507,7792Focus
10No Strings Attached$897,576106%1,966-790$457$63,810,8635Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$556,629103%1,465-607$380$162,274,1329Paramount
12Sanctum$399,3302%1,377-1412$290$20,708,1153Universal
13The Green Hornet$357,76352%1,265-825$283$93,909,6066Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$303,06028%1,048-1159$289$30,565,4454Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$324,576106%759-290$428$86,736,07411Paramount
2Black Swan$314,00769%656-413$479$100,523,08212Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$259,470-3%952-934$273$27,142,1634CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$214,137867%10287$2,099$615,6152Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$121,691123%157-34$775$2,621,7428Roadside Attractions
6Yogi Bear$115,341153%725-386$159$96,933,91410Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$85,429103%321-88$266$293,628,17814Warner Bros.
8Blue Valentine (2010)$82,80040%235-158$352$8,582,2678Weinstein Company
9127 Hours$76,74138%240-119$320$17,169,39116Fox Searchlight
10The Company Men$72,04868%242-35$298$3,299,3185Weinstein Company
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$71,433203%264-29$271$103,158,36611Fox
12Little Fockers$69,825229%285-139$245$147,439,0159Universal
13The Tourist$59,183--224124$264$67,096,00211Sony / Columbia
14Megamind$58,181182%214-38$272$148,030,55416Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Dilemma$49,810-27%293-949$170$48,094,8906Universal
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$47,261224%235-73$201$42,031,1699Fox
17The Social Network$20,28768%113-65$180$96,691,87621Sony / Columbia
18From Prada to Nada$19,084-12%128-124$149$2,736,4204Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Unstoppable (2010)$18,897104%105-42$180$81,419,46215Fox
20Season of the Witch$8,530-33%132-44$65$24,504,7247Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
17 Khoon Maaf$47,868--65--$736$47,8681UTV Communications
2Hubble 3D$43,17735%502$864$21,613,42549Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Rabbit Hole$13,63626%78-34$175$1,931,79810Lionsgate
4Somewhere (2010)$7,91537%29-3$273$1,697,8719Focus
5Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,256379%21$2,628$23,3272Phase 4 Films
6Immigration Tango$3,644--30--$121$3,6441Roadside Attractions
7Brotherhood (2010)$3,527--1--$3,527$3,5271Phase 4 Films
8Winter's Bone$3,51712%20-6$176$6,407,29437Roadside Attractions
9I Love You Phillip Morris$1,34429%9-14$149$1,942,38012Roadside Attractions