Grosses

'Tomorrowland' ($41.7M) Inches Past 'Pitch Perfect 2' ($38.5M) In Close Race for First; 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Third with $32.1M; 'Poltergeist' Debuts in Fifth with Solid $26.5MMay 25, 2015 09:27 AM

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 an estimated four-day debut of $41.74 million. The Brad Bird directed sci-fi family film starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson opened on the very low end of pre-release expectations. Despite opening on the lower 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 a slim 3 percent ahead of the $40.42 million four-day take of 2011's Super 8. The revised three-day estimate for Tomorrowland stands at $32.97 million. That gives the film an estimated four-day to three-day ratio of 1.27 to 1. Tomorrowland received a modest B rating on CinemaScore.

On the heels of last weekend's break-out start, Pitch Perfect 2 experienced a respectable second weekend hold this weekend with an estimated four-day take of $38.54 million. The successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick was down 44 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 $126.02 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.

Warner's Mad Max: Fury Road placed in third with an estimated four-day take of $32.10 million. The critically acclaimed action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron was down 29 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 $95.53 million in eleven days. That is on the high end of expectations and places the film 4 percent ahead of the $91.92 million eleven-day take of 2012's Prometheus. The revised three-day estimate for Mad Max: Fury Road is $24.82 million.

Avengers: Age of Ultron claimed fourth place with an estimated four-day take of $27.81 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 28 percent from last weekend and has grossed $410.98 million in 25 days. The film is currently running 22 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. The revised three-day estimate for Avengers: Age of Ultron is $21.69 million.

Poltergeist rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated four-day start of $26.50 million. The PG-13 rated horror remake from Fox and MGM debuted in line with its wide ranging 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. The revised three-day estimate for Poltergeist stands at $22.60 million. That places the film's estimated four-day to three-day ratio at a front-loaded 1.17 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. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$1,631,910-25%2,863--$570$32,323,2701Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$775,822-24%2,625--$296$24,006,7821Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$724,545-19%3,346-209$217$191,065,6025Paramount
4Joyful Noise$601,005-24%2,735--$220$15,196,7641Warner Bros.
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$574,531-14%2,674-276$215$90,454,1694Sony / Columbia
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$543,359-17%3,155-448$172$173,238,2225Warner Bros.
7War Horse$512,296-15%2,85673$179$68,634,9084Disney / DreamWorks
8The Devil Inside$378,068-21%2,551266$148$48,239,9812Paramount
9We Bought a Zoo$275,621-23%2,909-261$95$66,493,1494Fox
10The Adventures of Tintin$217,365-30%2,073-933$105$69,857,6024Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$175,162-31%2,849-576$61$121,414,5435Fox
12The Darkest Hour$58,239-7%1,182-981$49$20,835,1624Summit
13New Year's Eve$54,476-13%1,092-772$50$53,987,5266Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$560,637-11%802797$699$8,404,0593Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$303,051-14%660-77$459$48,581,6999Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$248,910-9%88677$281$16,327,8646Focus
4The Artist$184,6050%21644$855$9,570,0518Weinstein Company
5Hugo$91,708-9%545-298$168$54,855,7158Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$78,697-5%400-184$197$11,662,7378Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$50,512-2%708-350$71$279,897,2649Lionsgate / Summit
8Young Adult$43,007-11%387-443$111$15,893,2986Paramount
9The Sitter$42,013-10%449-309$94$29,837,5746Fox
10The Muppets$24,784-15%547-689$45$86,748,2568Disney
11Happy Feet Two$24,099-22%36580$66$62,146,4359Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$19,729-24%316-35$62$147,345,52012Paramount / DreamWorks
13Immortals$17,103-15%18759$91$83,131,58310Relativity Media
14Tower Heist$16,885-19%260-35$65$77,626,17511Universal
15In Time$6,435-3%106-26$61$37,389,18612Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$22,933-1%41-4$559$2,716,2057Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,240-4%450$272$15,550,33741Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pariah (2011)$11,29221%2413$471$421,9303Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$9,457-1%60$1,576$680,9584Warner Bros.
5J. Edgar$6,086-12%82-70$74$36,999,59310Warner Bros.
6In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,473-10%1811$249$169,9654FilmDistrict
7Drive (2011)$4,02125%322$126$34,979,94318FilmDistrict
8Vettai$3,035-60%34--$89$110,7801UTV Communications
9Dolphin Tale$2,194-12%91-58$24$72,252,47217Warner Bros.
10Margin Call$1,797-11%20-10$90$5,334,03813Roadside Attractions