'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 Tue, Nov. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,721,6227%4,0700$669$232,640,7982Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$2,274,15718%3,52621$645$225,341,8453Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$1,989,15513%2,018243$986$66,593,3123Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$1,780,33531%2,927--$608$33,716,3541Fox
5Red Dawn (2012)$920,23412%2,725--$338$23,429,5691FilmDistrict
6Rise of The Guardians$900,0407%3,653--$246$34,081,3501Paramount / DreamWorks
8Wreck-It Ralph$541,107-4%3,259-363$166$150,381,3824Disney
9Argo$246,43616%1,255-955$196$98,521,0727Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$400,34523%367351$1,091$6,934,4782Weinstein Company
2The Sessions$81,10519%515-1$157$4,079,3586Fox Searchlight
3Taken 2$58,7948%763-1300$77$136,590,1768Fox
4Cloud Atlas$41,37314%258-662$160$25,866,4445Warner Bros.
5Pitch Perfect$39,36023%492-630$80$62,643,2689Universal
6Looper$37,19227%29379$127$65,653,5049Sony / TriStar
7The Perks of Being A Wallflower$27,17516%242-269$112$16,374,19810Lionsgate / Summit
8Here Comes the Boom$25,27414%490-860$52$42,084,7127Sony / Columbia
9The Man With the Iron Fists$24,55526%205-705$120$15,245,9404Universal
10Hotel Transylvania$15,64510%464-784$34$143,531,9509Sony / Columbia
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$9,9943%190-266$53$17,395,7985Open Road
12Alex Cross$8,53518%144-391$59$25,420,1926Lionsgate / Summit
13Trouble with the Curve$6,70120%140-132$48$35,674,72910Warner Bros.
14Sinister$6,36810%127-662$50$47,717,8697Lionsgate / Summit
15House at the End of the Street$4,8505%138-37$35$31,498,15610Relativity Media
16The Dark Knight Rises$4,32818%108-52$40$448,042,35819Warner Bros.
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$4,28740%109-23$39$160,825,91820Fox
19Fun Size$4,203-9%144-244$29$9,306,6155Paramount
20Paranormal Activity 4$3,80412%108-742$35$53,683,9166Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$82,29518%6650$1,247$1,686,5782Focus
2Hitchcock$21,726-1%17--$1,278$331,3871Fox Searchlight
3Seven Psychopaths$11,75419%82-89$143$14,652,9197CBS Films
4A Late Quartet$10,743-6%88-12$122$756,0484Entertainment One / RKO
5To the Arctic 3D$8,84916%520$170$9,974,44532Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,54611%300$152$21,383,93086Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Arbitrage$3,96261%48-32$83$7,823,33211Roadside Attractions
8Chasing Mavericks$3,848-6%60-138$64$5,779,3955Fox
9The Master$3,39517%25-27$136$15,848,80511Weinstein Company
10End of Watch$3,093-2%34-41$91$39,197,68010Open Road
11This Must Be the Place$1,2103%8-7$151$118,6344Weinstein Company
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,1289%59-13$19$48,939,15017Fox
13Lawless$1,115241%11-8$101$37,398,73313Weinstein Company
14The Intouchables$1,10671%262$43$13,031,88827Weinstein Company
15The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$798-57%15--$53$109,9681Warner Bros.
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$65030%3520$19$3,334,9847Atlas Distribution