'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, Jun. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$21,398,778--3,641--$5,877$21,398,7781Fox
2The Hangover Part II$10,617,44893%3,6150$2,937$165,044,4082Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$6,400,132112%3,95227$1,619$82,540,5902Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$5,135,54786%3,966-198$1,295$177,381,8243Disney
7Fast Five$973,09598%2,237-744$435$199,787,4056Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something Borrowed$285,09131%688-752$414$36,110,4085Warner Bros.
2Jumping the Broom$240,44092%589-350$408$35,302,8315Sony / TriStar
3Water for Elephants$212,60680%572-222$372$55,251,2847Fox
4Rio (2011)$197,19316%691-981$285$136,149,0708Fox
5Priest (2011)$115,168-42%583-1335$198$28,452,3804Sony / Screen Gems
6Source Code$72,538114%288-11$252$53,688,22010Summit
8Soul Surfer$66,20147%245-156$270$41,608,4519Sony / TriStar
11Limitless$46,51779%232-37$201$78,630,87812Relativity Media
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$42,08750%196-163$215$52,521,0887Lionsgate
14Everything Must Go$37,50342%107-54$350$2,292,5744Roadside Attractions
15Win Win$31,124108%14117$221$9,772,21912Fox Searchlight
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$30,39974%182-32$167$52,230,22711Fox
17The Lincoln Lawyer$30,30584%133-33$228$56,914,89012Lionsgate
18Jane Eyre (2011)$27,88925%128-15$218$10,794,50413Focus
19Scream 4$23,23433%201-60$116$37,987,8118Weinstein Company
20The Conspirator$21,64467%110-27$197$11,263,6518Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$174,856315%2016$8,743$806,7912Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$68,0363%470$1,448$6,206,8119Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$25,452-4%322$795$25,356,74364Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Arthur (2011)$18,170193%62-15$293$32,987,6579Warner Bros.
6The Beaver$14,68532%68-41$216$839,9985Summit
7Submarine$10,194--4--$2,549$10,1941Weinstein Company
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$7,877-2%80-123$98$9,502,9126Weinstein Company
9The Last Mountain$6,116--2--$3,058$6,1161Dada Films
10Beautiful Boy$4,615--4--$1,154$4,6151Anchor Bay Films
11The King's Speech$2,60871%16-2$163$138,784,34128Weinstein Company
12Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,292--4--$573$171,69938Collective Eye
13Kill the Irishman$1,00550%8-2$126$1,172,09313Anchor Bay Films
1435 and Ticking$96915%4-2$242$56,4573Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$44744%50$89$246,14012Roadside Attractions
16Biutiful$314185%2-3$157$5,100,45423Roadside Attractions
17Skateland$1029%31$34$18,2754Freestyle Releasing