'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, Feb. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Woman in Black$897,396-4%2,855--$314$25,155,4871CBS Films
3The Grey$701,020-2%3,20722$219$37,742,2642Open Road
4Underworld Awakening$497,695-1%2,636-442$189$56,434,3693Sony / Screen Gems
5The Descendants$429,0932%2,03837$211$67,229,61312Fox Searchlight
6One For the Money$417,9841%2,7370$153$21,378,7052Lionsgate
7Red Tails$406,57213%2,347-226$173$42,663,3863Fox
8Man on a Ledge$351,1870%2,9980$117$16,170,2102Lionsgate
9Big Miracle$340,640-6%2,129--$160$9,335,9351Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$303,1362%2,505-125$121$27,933,8897Warner Bros.
12The Artist$283,0484%1,005108$282$21,761,78611Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$238,7442%1,021-223$234$21,641,2956Weinstein Company
15Beauty and the Beast 3D$182,5467%1,719-426$106$45,623,1954Disney
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$150,0465%1,077-577$139$205,807,8018Paramount
17Haywire$123,1702%1,251-1190$98$18,375,0093Relativity Media
18War Horse$116,6689%1,163-698$100$77,748,3747Disney / DreamWorks
19Joyful Noise$111,12614%1,350-671$82$29,400,5134Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$103,9925%668-534$156$100,320,7897Sony / Columbia
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$89,3166%857-673$104$184,244,2988Warner Bros.
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$66,8959%302-108$222$21,447,5699Focus
4Albert Nobbs$54,767-6%2450$224$1,759,5792Roadside Attractions
5The Adventures of Tintin$48,0525%486-216$99$75,531,4587Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$41,8086%754-335$55$72,885,9057Fox
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$40,6262%818-252$50$128,519,8548Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$33,33211%171-15$195$13,136,05611Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$28,3477%296105$96$280,989,88912Lionsgate / Summit
10Puss in Boots (2011)$16,8779%253-17$67$148,523,67815Paramount / DreamWorks
11Happy Feet Two$13,9843%255-54$55$63,489,17612Warner Bros.
12The Devil Inside$13,8593%303-419$46$53,114,7635Paramount
13New Year's Eve$11,5312%222160$52$54,430,9249Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Sitter$8,092-3%126-19$64$30,355,1129Fox
15J. Edgar$5,2115%135-73$39$37,279,77513Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,34037%450$430$16,054,92544Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$14,5964%64-16$228$3,522,26010Fox Searchlight
3Coriolanus$6,180-3%142$441$236,6803Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$4,45052%195$234$634,0836Focus
5Immortals$3,93413%62-55$63$83,469,78213Relativity Media
6W.E.$3,841-9%4--$960$64,1471Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$2,6561%58-29$46$16,244,1669Paramount
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,819-14%7-4$260$261,2027FilmDistrict
9Drive (2011)$1,5570%22-1$71$35,060,68921FilmDistrict
10The Darkest Hour$1,556-5%39-48$40$21,210,6097Summit
11Vettai$326-40%4--$82$194,9244UTV Communications