'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, Nov. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,317,256-9%2,855-392$461$65,651,1373Warner Bros.
2Cloud Atlas$844,3874%2,008--$421$13,012,4291Warner Bros.
3Taken 2$676,684-2%2,995-494$226$119,667,4364Fox
4Hotel Transylvania$608,627-26%3,276-108$186$133,067,6185Sony / Columbia
5Paranormal Activity 4$576,768-44%3,4120$169$45,277,2142Paramount
6Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$530,012-36%2,933--$181$10,595,1571Open Road
7Here Comes the Boom$440,2352%2,491-523$177$31,972,0803Sony / Columbia
8Alex Cross$427,517-3%2,5412$168$21,127,9552Lionsgate / Summit
9Sinister$425,391-49%2,347-195$181$41,542,3743Lionsgate / Summit
10Pitch Perfect$389,80539%1,999-661$195$52,569,6235Universal
11Fun Size$268,077-7%3,014--$89$5,159,9431Paramount
12Looper$251,6858%1,189-1034$212$62,451,0215Sony / TriStar
13Chasing Mavericks$223,0918%2,002--$111$3,130,0161Fox
14Seven Psychopaths$205,44116%1,003-477$205$12,672,5563CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$186,53747%736-9$253$11,817,3506Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$39,74820%290-461$137$38,694,8796Open Road
3The Master$34,478-10%201-211$172$15,330,7957Weinstein Company
4Trouble with the Curve$28,467-30%420-505$68$34,781,8456Warner Bros.
5The Dark Knight Rises$27,47810%291-54$94$447,261,40715Warner Bros.
6Arbitrage$19,129-24%125-44$153$7,414,2687Roadside Attractions
8The Campaign$16,26231%222148$73$86,640,30712Warner Bros.
9The Bourne Legacy$15,250-6%191-41$80$113,060,06512Universal
10The Expendables 2$12,19616%17886$69$84,752,70111Lionsgate
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$12,1031%147-798$82$3,251,5283Atlas Distribution
12House at the End of the Street$11,515-39%302-444$38$31,108,4336Relativity Media
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,2923%192-30$59$160,295,09016Fox
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,97211%116-33$34$48,673,87413Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$31,49615%2016$1,575$474,9182Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$13,0189%520$250$9,454,39028Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,629-1%300$221$21,173,45582Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$6,61212%48-12$138$12,906,23123Weinstein Company
5Lawless$3,88225%96-88$40$37,352,8659Weinstein Company
6Dredd 3D$3,55331%72-88$49$13,414,7146Lionsgate
7The Possession$1,937-22%82-51$24$48,887,5189Lionsgate
8Won't Back Down$1,722-16%65-103$26$5,272,1285Fox
9Moonrise Kingdom$1,33519%15-14$89$45,512,46623Focus
10War of the Buttons (2012)$747-35%8-27$93$41,8663Weinstein Company
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$58140%4--$145$58,0294Roadside Attractions
12Gayby$18017%10$180$11,5583The Film Collaborative