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 Mon, Jul. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$19,389,129-52%4,404--$4,403$180,276,4241Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,885,030-51%3,8865$742$91,725,3142Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$1,550,349-51%3,753-565$413$230,161,7743Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$1,430,230-50%3,214-89$445$181,861,6554Universal
5Brave$974,233-46%2,899-493$336$209,748,4065Disney
6Magic Mike$666,461-37%2,606-484$256$102,632,9204Warner Bros.
7Savages$502,055-54%2,336-299$215$40,557,1303Universal
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$274,955-53%1,540-464$179$60,564,5774Lionsgate
9Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$236,417-29%1,123-1609$211$22,849,1233Paramount
10Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$220,850-43%1,261-1024$175$207,847,0517Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$263,474-50%895-29$294$36,351,4339Focus
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$103,929-55%12948$806$2,959,0714Fox Searchlight
3Dark Shadows$103,693-59%412173$252$78,724,66711Warner Bros.
4Marvel's The Avengers$98,364-44%495-252$199$615,156,78912Disney
5Snow White and the Huntsman$67,485-44%409-268$165$152,656,8008Universal
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$63,861-49%288-54$222$43,916,63212Fox Searchlight
7Prometheus$48,374-49%312-247$155$125,161,8637Fox
8Rock of Ages$38,384-45%32267$119$38,004,8196Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Hunger Games$31,550-42%190-22$166$405,259,26118Lionsgate
10Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$30,535-47%266-389$115$36,515,9265Fox
11Safety Not Guaranteed$21,375-55%124-58$172$2,962,0647FilmDistrict
12Battleship$18,920-52%172-56$110$65,015,09510Universal
13What to Expect When You're Expecting$18,346-41%192-29$96$40,972,50410Lionsgate
14Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$15,030-36%167-1$90$213,964,53521Universal
15The Dictator$8,032-50%105-56$76$59,625,10010Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$52,9932%520$1,019$6,021,73914Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$37,786-60%918$415$7,110,4889Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$15,12913%330$458$20,095,29168Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Three Stooges$5,067-62%53-19$96$44,165,37915Fox
5Mirror Mirror$4,759-34%59-32$81$64,834,39617Relativity Media
6For Greater Glory$3,298-62%33-9$100$5,561,0228ARC Entertainment
7Easy Money (2012)$2,550-43%20$1,275$54,6012Weinstein Company
8The Imposter$1,331--1--$1,331$43,0742Indomina Releasing
9A Cat In Paris$1,275-73%180$71$232,5568GKIDS