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 Sat, Jan. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$8,426,74436%3,0100$2,800$100,873,9642Weinstein Company
2Texas Chainsaw 3D$7,920,329-23%2,654--$2,984$18,148,3251Lionsgate
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,629,01847%3,755-345$2,032$259,090,8704Warner Bros. / New Line
4Les Miserables (2012)$6,853,44037%2,90490$2,360$99,335,8002Universal
5Parental Guidance$4,270,85636%3,3681$1,268$50,043,7482Fox
6Jack Reacher$4,010,46235%3,288-64$1,220$62,481,5583Paramount
7This is 40$3,619,78532%2,93117$1,235$52,262,1153Universal
8Lincoln$2,392,00649%1,901-65$1,258$142,671,7719Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$1,905,16430%2,312-119$824$30,047,3433Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$1,787,36237%1,6761651$1,066$3,440,7482Focus
11Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,720,39551%2,103-515$818$26,852,8553Disney
12Skyfall$1,365,16636%1,307-330$1,045$296,099,9359Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$1,067,30029%1,507-548$708$96,448,5967Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,574,37443%7450$2,113$33,734,6668Weinstein Company
2The Impossible$1,201,58455%572557$2,101$2,635,7513Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$1,193,55242%965-213$1,237$90,257,3477Fox
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$603,67934%825-366$732$288,810,4968Lionsgate / Summit
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$554,56154%817-23$679$10,508,6543Paramount
6Hyde Park on Hudson$482,66277%222138$2,174$2,933,4755Focus
7Wreck-It Ralph$479,24832%709-204$676$178,162,63610Disney
8Argo$360,80860%302-43$1,195$109,903,61213Warner Bros.
9Hotel Transylvania$198,60740%267-34$744$146,046,81915Sony / Columbia
10Anna Karenina (2012)$158,79155%163-55$974$11,434,6168Focus
11Here Comes the Boom$121,83033%243-9$501$44,032,58613Sony / Columbia
12Not Fade Away$120,67151%565546$214$347,5863Paramount Vantage
13Flight$115,59849%250-150$462$92,427,23910Paramount
14Taken 2$91,28242%213-19$429$139,232,43214Fox
15Red Dawn (2012)$79,43728%252-173$315$43,837,0277FilmDistrict
16Hitchcock$68,06558%118-231$577$5,448,3907Fox Searchlight
17Pitch Perfect$55,27529%165-18$335$64,625,33315Universal
18Cloud Atlas$43,04941%155110$278$26,874,24711Warner Bros.
19End of Watch$27,96839%140-22$200$40,872,80216Open Road
20Playing For Keeps (2012)$23,26526%139-129$167$12,840,2635FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$1,061,55231%6055$17,693$3,585,1063Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$33,38123%98-27$341$17,458,73416Lionsgate / Summit
3To the Arctic 3D$30,2299%520$581$10,643,05938Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$26,70685%41-39$651$5,616,15312Fox Searchlight
5Killing Them Softly$17,70136%51-17$347$14,894,5216Weinstein Company
6A Late Quartet$17,07350%23-14$742$1,345,73610Entertainment One / RKO
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$15,77656%53-9$298$161,194,86426Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$13,33829%300$445$21,684,06292Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Intouchables$6,23136%110$566$13,155,91733Weinstein Company
10The Master$4,239192%12-1$353$15,975,16417Weinstein Company
11Talaash$2,84667%8-8$356$2,868,3616Reliance Entertainment
12Arbitrage$1,09252%4-3$273$7,915,24917Roadside Attractions
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$242-7%1--$242$86,67014Roadside Attractions