Grosses

'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 Thu, Aug. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$2,036,110-6%3,316--$614$38,813,9441Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$1,407,375-3%3,7538$375$76,186,2152Universal
3The Dark Knight Rises$1,171,137-2%3,157-533$371$415,032,9015Warner Bros.
4The Campaign$1,168,423-7%3,25550$359$57,103,1722Warner Bros.
5ParaNorman$1,134,456-5%3,429--$331$19,622,2891Focus
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,005,380-5%2,59847$387$19,954,4901Disney
7Hope Springs (2012)$926,992-2%2,3610$393$39,081,4642Sony / Columbia
8Sparkle (2012)$588,145-5%2,244--$262$14,673,0741Sony / TriStar
9Hit and Run$568,023-9%2,698--$211$1,193,0340Open Road
10Total Recall (2012)$372,0621%2,151-1450$173$53,413,3373Sony / Columbia
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$370,130-8%2,308-1093$160$40,637,6003Fox
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$330,098-3%1,930-917$171$151,748,7756Fox
13Ted (2012)$168,0050%1,018-925$165$213,815,3758Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$101,133-5%576-534$176$229,572,2669Disney
2Step Up Revolution$94,5239%905-993$104$33,209,4134Lionsgate / Summit
3The Amazing Spider-Man$94,273-3%542-853$174$257,863,9377Sony / Columbia
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$88,691-3%406100$218$213,083,26111Paramount / DreamWorks
5Moonrise Kingdom$77,050-2%282-165$273$43,269,76813Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$72,1091%230-52$314$8,396,5938Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$53,0181%1940$273$10,095,19713Weinstein Company
8Ruby Sparks$34,6558%194-58$179$1,941,8464Fox Searchlight
9The Watch$34,1377%395-1613$86$33,234,6774Fox
10Magic Mike$32,3606%255-195$127$112,858,1028Warner Bros.
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$27,505-1%298-502$92$3,221,5902ARC Entertainment
12Snow White and the Huntsman$24,505-4%244-26$100$154,762,03012Universal
13The Hunger Games$19,3761%230-30$84$407,769,16022Lionsgate
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$17,6622%120-47$147$45,661,02416Fox Searchlight
15Savages$13,090-11%154-164$85$47,118,0457Universal
16Prometheus$11,3563%101-40$112$126,239,79511Fox
17Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$9,7372%140-62$70$25,281,6717Paramount
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$9,5206%105-25$91$37,344,3989Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$7,9443%199-165$40$64,994,5428Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,325-1%520$775$7,820,10518Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,2073%330$370$20,628,66672Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$6,96216%54-19$129$3,706,92811FilmDistrict
4Cosmopolis$6,4235%3--$2,141$293,8201Entertainment One Films
5Easy Money (2012)$1,5348%5-2$307$171,7726Weinstein Company
6A Cat In Paris$1,09537%7-5$156$297,68812GKIDS