'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 Mon, Jun. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,063,686-47%3,920-343$782$160,149,7233Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,901,986-57%3,108--$612$18,208,9601Fox
5That's My Boy$1,231,077-47%3,0300$406$29,141,8712Sony / Columbia
6Snow White and the Huntsman$1,109,220-52%2,919-782$380$138,237,5704Universal
7Marvel's The Avengers$962,092-50%2,230-352$431$599,387,5348Disney
8Rock of Ages$958,219-52%3,4700$276$29,376,8402Warner Bros. / New Line
9Men in Black 3$867,472-47%2,462-673$352$164,333,1795Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$461,645-56%1,625--$284$4,284,4481Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$488,580-51%395217$1,237$12,102,4085Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$223,867-53%741-443$302$38,607,8308Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$97,158-47%414-179$235$403,061,69814Lionsgate
5The Dictator$63,067-42%316-803$200$58,768,1196Paramount
6Safety Not Guaranteed$61,659-56%12982$478$1,136,1923FilmDistrict
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$50,549-46%411-805$123$39,848,4966Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$34,538-50%302-378$114$75,787,6457Warner Bros.
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,590-46%234-43$135$212,932,86517Universal
10For Greater Glory$31,268-70%160-220$195$5,113,2614ARC Entertainment
11Mirror Mirror$26,277-37%222-56$118$64,274,66213Relativity Media
12The Cabin in the Woods$23,149-47%196-28$118$41,800,44111Lionsgate
13Chernobyl Diaries$22,248-49%240-15$93$17,907,6805Warner Bros.
14The Lucky One (2012)$19,341-41%202-148$96$60,173,57910Warner Bros.
15The Three Stooges$17,945-49%154-47$117$43,674,83511Fox
16The Raven$10,939-48%133104$82$15,926,8829Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$65,05611%521$1,251$4,128,69710Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$40,683-61%74-3$550$2,134,1995Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$16,4202%330$498$19,613,01364Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$10,141-42%85-23$119$103,822,38220Warner Bros. / New Line
5Lola Versus$7,506-48%50-2$150$210,6003Fox Searchlight
6Wrath of the Titans$6,724-53%70-35$96$83,647,15013Warner Bros.
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$4,714-63%16-141$295$270,8612Indomina Media
8Crooked Arrows$1,435-53%25-73$57$1,789,2446Branded/Peck Films