'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, Nov. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tower Heist$8,062,980--3,367--$2,395$8,062,9801Universal
2Puss in Boots (2011)$7,812,356297%3,96311$1,971$50,285,3942Paramount / DreamWorks
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$5,392,867--2,875--$1,876$5,392,8671Warner Bros. / New Line
4Paranormal Activity 3$2,938,821189%3,286-43$894$89,721,8753Paramount
5In Time$2,475,551144%3,1275$792$18,984,1962Fox
6Footloose (2011)$1,474,845229%2,811-413$525$41,724,4654Paramount
7The Rum Diary$986,73785%2,29220$431$8,422,4712FilmDistrict
8Real Steel$928,809184%2,438-476$381$76,272,0515Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$600,722114%1,391-181$432$35,401,0075Sony / Columbia
10Moneyball$586,629141%1,278-353$459$69,014,0197Sony / Columbia
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$491,46542%1,863-1154$264$16,840,4613Summit
12Courageous$488,439147%1,1384$429$28,900,1726Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$239,01390%1,105-733$216$67,834,1307Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$370,683262%514249$721$1,821,0092Sony / Columbia
3Margin Call$204,166168%17838$1,147$2,002,6763Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$170,66037%644-910$265$7,219,5703Universal
5The Thing (2011)$78,720-13%384-1010$205$16,558,4004Universal
6Sarah's Key$75,8001678%318289$238$7,144,97516Weinstein Company
7Contagion$68,47391%260-151$263$74,319,5889Warner Bros.
8The Smurfs$67,524--278-25$243$141,035,55515Sony / Columbia
9Drive (2011)$62,00349%136-58$456$33,929,1118FilmDistrict
10Dream House$61,050161%330-255$185$21,006,5806Universal
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$50,109155%199-32$252$176,012,68514Fox
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$44,782106%172-78$260$84,024,13815Warner Bros.
14The Big Year$32,13040%213-210$151$6,945,2264Fox
15The Mighty Macs$24,7564%101-288$245$1,667,7143Quaker Media
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$22,06462%22562$98$380,775,32917Warner Bros.
17What's Your Number?$17,937204%10240$176$13,899,0746Fox
18Captain America: The First Avenger$17,677154%102-37$173$176,597,68216Paramount
19Killer Elite$13,001-5%119-138$109$24,977,0387Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$129,175341%9866$1,318$694,4273Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$80,656389%1612$5,041$258,6522Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$24,44492%490$499$13,892,60631Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Double (2011)$19,388545%4534$431$57,7562Image Entertainment
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$10,790166%98-53$110$38,308,24212Weinstein Company
6Apollo 18$9,38957%93-27$101$17,637,28810Weinstein Company
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$8,944203%52-23$172$23,997,11511FilmDistrict
8Laugh at My Pain$7,673142%39-12$197$7,658,7609CodeBlack Entertainment
9The Son of No One$6,603--10--$660$6,6031Anchor Bay Films
10Our Idiot Brother$6,334185%35-16$181$24,778,20111Weinstein Company
11Shark Night 3D$6,21571%44-46$141$18,817,56810Relativity Media
12Munger Road$3,914107%9-1$435$252,8286Freestyle Releasing
13Machine Gun Preacher$2,141-18%12-1$178$515,2197Relativity Media
14Texas Killing Fields$1,27624%103$128$38,9874Anchor Bay Films
15Circumstance$1,044-8%5-2$209$434,32811Roadside Attractions
16I Don't Know How She Does It$9289%8-6$116$9,606,8628Weinstein Company
17Dirty Girl$680369%65$113$52,3825Weinstein Company
18Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$607137%5-1$121$484,80310Indomina Media
19The Future$138-57%50$28$566,64015Roadside Attractions
20Project Nim$95197%30$32$406,19318Roadside Attractions