'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 Mon, Sep. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$1,478,639-78%2,3300$635$62,954,0412Disney
2Moneyball$1,445,889-67%2,993--$483$20,947,1911Sony / Columbia
3Killer Elite$775,000-66%2,986--$260$10,127,0081Open Road
4Dolphin Tale$744,331-86%3,507--$212$19,896,7321Warner Bros.
5Contagion$583,104-70%3,136-86$186$57,591,0023Warner Bros.
7Drive (2011)$498,981-67%2,90418$172$21,916,3552FilmDistrict
8The Help$412,208-64%2,695-319$153$154,826,3617Disney / DreamWorks
9Straw Dogs (2011)$181,069-64%2,4080$75$9,016,2562Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$163,474-65%2,49014$66$8,131,9392Weinstein Company
11The Debt$103,657-66%1,067-764$97$29,070,7314Focus
12Warrior (2011)$96,650-68%1,411-472$68$12,306,7763Lionsgate
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$78,291-74%1,178-1162$66$173,679,1028Fox
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$23,572-91%1,207-443$20$37,050,4526Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$85,085-66%28757$296$5,250,7253CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$68,418-70%847-1086$81$35,188,5895Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$60,140-66%675-470$89$82,129,0669Warner Bros.
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$34,582-70%320-281$108$378,858,89811Warner Bros.
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$28,894-76%251-55$115$351,931,51913Paramount / DreamWorks
6Shark Night 3D$27,645-74%637-1445$43$18,250,8834Relativity Media
7The Smurfs$25,192-84%669-750$38$138,379,0849Sony / Columbia
8Horrible Bosses$24,558-60%313-131$78$116,968,21312Warner Bros. / New Line
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$24,151-70%424-910$57$23,501,4345FilmDistrict
10Captain America: The First Avenger$23,466-70%334-206$70$174,816,42810Paramount
11Our Idiot Brother$22,232-63%411-1336$54$24,460,6165Weinstein Company
12Cowboys & Aliens$20,700-71%345-269$60$99,296,9669Universal
13Final Destination 5$16,180-67%254-48$64$42,396,7377Warner Bros. / New Line
14Sarah's Key$14,849-59%151-115$98$6,607,59610Weinstein Company
15Apollo 18$12,263-72%339-1456$36$17,397,1694Weinstein Company
16The Change-Up$9,295-62%169-138$55$37,045,1408Universal
17Super 8$6,331-63%117-42$54$126,981,50016Paramount
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$5,989-82%153-60$39$68,044,52915Fox
20Kung Fu Panda 2$5,003-77%113-29$44$165,235,26418Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$12,705-67%490$259$13,018,76925Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$8,294-68%4829$173$275,0534Indomina Media
3The Tree of Life$5,115-51%39-2$131$13,210,42118Fox Searchlight
4Thunder Soul$3,271-73%35--$93$54,5311Roadside Attractions
5Circumstance$3,071-67%29-2$106$313,3225Roadside Attractions
6Machine Gun Preacher$3,030-78%4--$758$48,1601Relativity Media
7Saving Private Perez$2,234-83%44-72$51$1,394,0044Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Green Lantern (2011)$1,935-73%49-54$39$116,595,12615Warner Bros.
9Monte Carlo$1,875-78%34-12$55$23,181,17813Fox
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$1,859-65%56-98$33$21,212,8756Lionsgate
11The Future$1,540-38%27-2$57$522,6299Roadside Attractions
12The Devil's Double$984-53%4823$21$1,358,0269Lionsgate
13Project Nim$492-62%181$27$392,04712Roadside Attractions
14The Music Never Stopped$315--3--$105$258,53828Roadside Attractions