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 Thu, Jan. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$1,537,9780%3,078--$500$32,625,6131Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$991,9052%2,512--$395$23,379,7951Fox
3Contraband$889,7752%2,8707$310$49,869,5002Universal
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$767,3770%2,6302624$292$13,961,2545Warner Bros.
5Haywire$617,096-2%2,439--$253$11,279,2021Relativity Media
6Beauty and the Beast 3D$522,8088%2,6250$199$35,802,3312Disney
7Joyful Noise$431,21912%2,7350$158$23,487,5102Warner Bros.
8The Iron Lady$424,003-1%1,076274$394$14,314,4824Weinstein Company
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$421,2607%2,519-827$167$199,091,3256Paramount
10The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$363,8224%1,907-767$191$95,995,1135Sony / Columbia
11Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$358,4708%2,485-670$144$179,738,9166Warner Bros.
12War Horse$347,0037%2,525-331$137$73,615,3915Disney / DreamWorks
13The Devil Inside$182,3923%2,207-344$83$52,047,7523Paramount
14We Bought a Zoo$160,4277%2,065-844$78$70,237,5315Fox
15The Adventures of Tintin$138,17612%1,340-733$103$72,924,7415Paramount
16Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$126,6604%2,070-779$61$125,259,3226Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$360,8632%662446$545$13,429,0989Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$286,2586%560-100$511$52,298,01410Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$189,0494%731-155$259$19,065,1417Focus
4Hugo$156,8550%650105$241$56,415,5829Paramount
5Agneepath$72,632--132--$550$72,6320Eros International
6My Week with Marilyn$54,2936%225-175$241$12,257,3529Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$28,8706%370-338$78$280,371,42410Lionsgate / Summit
8Happy Feet Two$24,0897%331-34$73$62,696,83410Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$19,7332%292-24$68$147,805,15513Paramount / DreamWorks
10Young Adult$15,854-6%150-237$106$16,136,2057Paramount
11Tower Heist$15,3507%220-40$70$77,879,52012Universal
12The Sitter$14,4033%191-258$75$30,078,0677Fox
13Immortals$14,12711%169-18$84$83,326,84311Relativity Media
14The Darkest Hour$13,3930%301-881$44$21,128,4815Summit
15New Year's Eve$10,4733%265-827$40$54,227,4107Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$32,7696%9554$345$3,113,2258Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$20,04230%450$445$15,727,43042Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$7,6695%9--$852$92,2511Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$7,65010%21-3$364$526,0094Focus
5In Time$6,15916%97-9$63$37,476,37713Fox
6J. Edgar$3,90517%4638$85$37,052,52511Warner Bros.
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,61619%14-4$258$213,5955FilmDistrict
8Drive (2011)$3,254-11%331$99$35,023,78819FilmDistrict
9Dolphin Tale$1,80135%63-28$29$72,286,77918Warner Bros.
10Vettai$1,79726%21-13$86$159,2292UTV Communications
11Margin Call$1,182-14%14-6$84$5,350,89914Roadside Attractions