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 Sun, Jan. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$10,058,76115%3,4557$2,911$132,406,0863Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,852,1177%3,7030$1,850$130,903,7463Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$5,246,19124%2,9140$1,800$55,584,8812Sony / Columbia
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,577,938-4%3,72441$1,229$92,729,1343Fox
5War Horse$4,099,575-27%2,547171$1,610$40,451,7722Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$3,886,105-14%3,16346$1,229$40,725,5582Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$3,623,1206%3,0870$1,174$47,475,1472Paramount
8New Year's Eve$1,794,096-22%2,2250$806$45,999,3504Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,465,47941%2,3273$630$13,137,9632Summit
10The Muppets$734,169-11%1,5415$476$82,529,4526Disney
11The Sitter$706,922126%1,348-138$524$26,317,8574Fox
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$688,78436%1,4110$488$275,530,7387Lionsgate / Summit
13Arthur Christmas$169,865-17%1,343-181$126$45,820,2356Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,045,744-16%7585$1,380$39,420,7757Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$830,8376%9510$874$49,454,2026Paramount
3Young Adult$754,95631%9870$765$12,061,7714Paramount
4The Artist$447,765-2%1670$2,681$5,044,3446Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$319,0768%63028$506$8,935,7216Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$232,71111%3890$598$145,483,66110Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$115,774-3%525-10$221$60,808,1687Warner Bros.
8Tower Heist$83,49514%253-30$330$76,733,9159Universal
9J. Edgar$79,554-8%4550$175$36,572,6058Warner Bros.
10Moneyball$64,9476%2508$260$74,961,64215Sony / Columbia
11Jack and Jill$61,76018%222-20$278$71,697,6488Sony / Columbia
12Courageous$60,43463%181-11$334$34,035,92014Sony / TriStar
13Immortals$53,991110%2280$237$82,656,9998Relativity Media
14A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$41,980127%2450$171$34,895,0369Warner Bros. / New Line
15Dolphin Tale$41,076-11%1880$218$71,963,79215Warner Bros.
16In Time$34,16466%12311$278$37,046,29510Fox
17Footloose (2011)$30,02536%1820$165$51,581,66412Paramount
18The Ides of March$29,50127%143-2$206$40,825,61213Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity 3$21,856114%1240$176$103,993,23911Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$389,12812%572$6,827$3,955,7624Focus
2Shame$83,37684%555$1,516$1,965,8745Fox Searchlight
3The Iron Lady$77,65719%4--$19,414$220,4091Weinstein Company
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$45,12656%60$7,521$313,0492Warner Bros.
5Pariah (2011)$18,76462%4--$4,691$84,9861Focus
6Born to Be Wild 3D$13,417-51%490$274$15,147,62939Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Drive (2011)$12,316234%25-1$493$34,833,04716FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$8,247-6%29-1$284$5,246,36611Roadside Attractions
9In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,372115%2-1$2,186$49,1422FilmDistrict
10The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$3,354-57%16-4$210$708,2366Warner Bros.
11Like Crazy$2,7316%300$91$3,367,99810Paramount Vantage
12Inni$56-71%1--$56$117,54810Cinema Purgatorio