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 Wed, Jan. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,366,469-20%3,555100$384$173,925,4674Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,102,268-18%3,603-100$306$160,547,4494Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,080,529-14%2,95036$366$80,178,3003Sony / Columbia
4The Devil Inside$951,368-32%2,285--$416$37,483,8331Paramount
5War Horse$849,358-14%2,783236$305$59,411,3693Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$507,334-21%3,1707$160$58,011,4113Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$389,672-28%3,006-81$130$63,336,6483Paramount
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$312,529-23%3,425-299$91$112,676,1084Fox
9New Year's Eve$191,488-18%1,864-361$103$52,467,0335Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$181,470-16%2,163-164$84$19,275,0173Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$112,652-11%1,058-353$106$278,762,4298Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$68,163-4%1,236-305$55$85,768,6067Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$466,313-8%809752$576$11,505,1165Focus
2The Descendants$292,764-2%737-21$397$44,744,8648Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$135,6650%1725$789$7,471,2977Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$133,887-12%830-157$161$15,147,3135Paramount
5Hugo$120,426-8%843-108$143$52,989,0787Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$111,563-6%584-46$191$10,771,3227Weinstein Company
7The Sitter$97,943-17%758-590$129$29,038,9605Fox
8Puss in Boots (2011)$32,283-17%351-38$92$146,703,51011Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$23,665-16%29542$80$77,273,71010Universal
10J. Edgar$16,1794%152-303$106$36,905,4669Warner Bros.
11Happy Feet Two$15,110-7%285-240$53$61,401,3008Warner Bros.
12In Time$11,501-6%1329$87$37,272,67911Fox
13Immortals$10,302-16%128-100$80$82,884,6039Relativity Media
14Arthur Christmas$6,33737%280-1063$23$46,457,9577Sony / Columbia
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$6,174-21%125-120$49$35,054,63110Warner Bros. / New Line
16Dolphin Tale$5,301-19%149-39$36$72,182,85816Warner Bros.
17Footloose (2011)$5,134-21%131-51$39$51,796,76813Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$27,054-24%45-10$601$2,453,9206Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$17,4237%51$3,485$569,5402Weinstein Company
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$11,590-4%60$1,932$532,4083Warner Bros.
4Pariah (2011)$10,220-7%117$929$262,3262Focus
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,472-21%45-4$210$15,360,97540Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$6,573-8%305$219$34,930,42717FilmDistrict
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,968-4%75$567$102,4573FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$2,307-30%301$77$5,308,86812Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$2,12110%15-15$141$3,393,23911Paramount Vantage
10Inni$390141%1--$390$122,69911Cinema Purgatorio