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 Wed, Aug. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$7,333,325-16%4,4040$1,665$311,379,2972Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,158,033-17%3,869-17$558$121,489,2423Fox
3The Watch$1,458,441-23%3,168--$460$17,682,7331Fox
4Step Up Revolution$1,352,785-28%2,567--$527$16,444,3471Lionsgate / Summit
5Ted (2012)$1,062,325-13%3,129-85$340$196,918,3105Universal
6The Amazing Spider-Man$1,046,086-21%3,160-593$331$245,327,1164Sony / Columbia
7Brave$788,712-11%2,551-348$309$219,683,0266Disney
8Magic Mike$472,128-10%2,075-531$228$109,043,1895Warner Bros.
9Savages$268,050-16%1,414-922$190$44,838,4204Universal
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$165,235-11%1,111-429$149$63,246,5235Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$224,050-9%853-42$263$39,314,28710Focus
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$190,492-2%808-453$236$210,093,6988Paramount / DreamWorks
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$136,341-1%20879$655$4,595,3055Fox Searchlight
4Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$114,633-9%606-517$189$24,480,8944Paramount
5The Hunger Games$93,818-10%310120$303$406,172,85519Lionsgate
6The Intouchables$82,506-6%194103$425$8,008,38710Weinstein Company
7Snow White and the Huntsman$63,725-8%355-54$180$153,451,1209Universal
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$59,264-8%276-12$215$44,642,48713Fox Searchlight
9Dark Shadows$40,338-9%222-190$182$79,475,23512Warner Bros.
10Prometheus$32,830-12%229-83$143$125,623,2308Fox
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$26,681-10%197-69$135$36,859,7216Fox
12Safety Not Guaranteed$24,963-4%14925$168$3,275,9598FilmDistrict
13Rock of Ages$23,907-4%302-20$79$38,359,7247Warner Bros. / New Line
14Battleship$14,050-13%140-32$100$65,217,31011Universal
15What to Expect When You're Expecting$12,345-7%139-53$89$41,139,04211Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$65,8381%520$1,266$6,587,48915Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$17,1362%330$519$20,260,08369Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ruby Sparks$16,1108%130$1,239$227,4921Fox Searchlight
4For Greater Glory$7,524-2%8956$85$5,630,3259ARC Entertainment
5Mirror Mirror$3,850-17%56-3$69$64,880,54418Relativity Media
6Easy Money (2012)$2,5106%53$502$90,8123Weinstein Company
7The Imposter$2,313-30%21$1,157$66,6743Indomina Releasing
8A Cat In Paris$1,7971%12-6$150$261,2979GKIDS
9The Obama Effect$18427%2--$92$110,7353ARC Entertainment