'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 Sun, Apr. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
3Arthur (2011)$2,713,272-46%3,276--$828$12,222,7561Warner Bros.
4Soul Surfer$2,592,897-41%2,214--$1,171$10,601,8621Sony / TriStar
5Your Highness$2,188,025-36%2,769--$790$9,360,0201Universal
7Source Code$1,961,596-50%2,97110$660$28,218,8712Summit
8Limitless$1,269,027-48%2,655-183$478$64,149,6084Relativity Media
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$1,251,107-43%2,881-288$434$45,348,2473Fox
10The Lincoln Lawyer$984,446-51%2,420-287$407$46,136,4084Lionsgate
12Sucker Punch$544,747-41%1,755-1278$310$33,973,7363Warner Bros.
14Battle: Los Angeles$389,946-43%1,408-855$277$81,228,7885Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$312,490-40%24767$1,265$5,146,6955Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$272,948-20%206--$1,325$871,4781Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$266,530-54%22677$1,179$3,434,8254Fox Searchlight
4The Adjustment Bureau$187,920-55%783-742$240$60,108,6606Universal
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$184,729-21%226--$817$588,9381Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The King's Speech$106,977-55%675-332$158$137,538,27520Weinstein Company
7Red Riding Hood$104,198-56%777-1011$134$36,678,7505Warner Bros.
8Unknown (2011)$65,323-47%36540$179$63,097,5308Warner Bros.
9Hall Pass$59,086-52%366-337$161$44,302,0647Warner Bros. / New Line
10Beastly$58,719-53%339-482$173$27,328,3066CBS Films
11Just Go With It$52,354-59%320-277$164$101,917,2679Sony / Columbia
12True Grit (2010)$45,464-53%263-61$173$170,760,87416Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$39,993-45%184-66$217$37,499,0008Fox
14The Green Hornet$23,094-52%161-50$143$98,695,08913Sony / Columbia
15Cedar Rapids$21,071-53%118-92$179$6,659,2629Fox Searchlight
16Drive Angry$17,759-30%126104$141$10,655,7997Summit
17Black Swan$12,145-46%103-59$118$106,882,29019Fox Searchlight
18Take Me Home Tonight$11,014-26%10250$108$6,898,4836Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thank You$69,447-36%92--$755$247,7601UTV Communications
2Hubble 3D$27,987-15%31-13$903$23,641,17256Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kill the Irishman$20,046-53%52-4$386$840,4375Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$15,887-37%2914$548$247,1983Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$11,423-21%38-20$301$4,696,16415Roadside Attractions
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$9,506-37%69-44$138$72,742,1379Paramount
7The Last Godfather$6,087-28%20-38$304$156,0782Roadside Attractions
8The Company Men$5,744-35%32-13$180$4,357,35512Weinstein Company
9Blue Valentine (2010)$2,737-25%19-20$144$9,690,53415Weinstein Company
10happythankyoumoreplease$1,880-44%9-3$209$206,4006Anchor Bay Films
11Meet Monica Velour$1,724-21%2--$862$7,4381Anchor Bay Films
12The Music Never Stopped$1,694-56%14-14$121$218,5764Roadside Attractions
13I Love You Phillip Morris$1,288-47%7-5$184$2,035,60719Roadside Attractions
14Winter's Bone$92-26%2-1$46$6,531,28144Roadside Attractions