'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 Fri, Jan. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$6,018,171--3,372--$1,785$6,018,1711Paramount
3Silver Linings Playbook$2,356,526157%2,641118$892$61,821,15311Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$2,332,741133%2,929-17$796$62,436,5886Sony / Columbia
6Movie 43$1,810,561--2,023--$895$1,810,5611Relativity Media
7Django Unchained$1,218,474100%2,007-509$607$142,508,3005Weinstein Company
8Gangster Squad$1,148,32477%2,590-513$443$36,595,1913Warner Bros.
9Broken City$1,049,83099%2,6222$400$12,319,8192Fox
10Les Miserables (2012)$1,049,75085%2,210-369$475$134,374,9005Universal
11Lincoln$865,14996%1,909-265$453$164,052,98312Disney / DreamWorks
12A Haunted House$825,013155%2,002-158$412$33,020,9943Open Road
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$716,79576%1,675-648$428$290,655,2657Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Last Stand$540,74849%2,9130$186$9,074,6932Lionsgate
15Parental Guidance$538,061158%1,736-601$310$68,880,8745Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$560,374127%941-315$596$101,400,73410Fox
2The Impossible$493,262143%782-104$631$11,855,0176Lionsgate / Summit
3Argo$393,525130%635-121$620$116,149,95216Warner Bros.
4Quartet$261,973584%163131$1,607$802,8023Weinstein Company
5Race 2$233,254--153--$1,525$233,2541UTV Motion Pictures
6Jack Reacher$220,89843%888-819$249$77,573,9916Paramount
7This is 40$202,80050%507-725$400$65,806,5906Universal
8Skyfall$197,058170%456-51$432$301,449,94512Sony / Columbia
9Wreck-It Ralph$121,561131%588-724$207$181,874,32213Disney
10The Guilt Trip$70,02839%352-290$199$36,041,4826Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$66,044--228-9$290$147,330,27818Sony / Columbia
12Rise of The Guardians$64,225190%305-169$211$99,905,75410Paramount / DreamWorks
13Hyde Park on Hudson$55,28128%144-50$384$5,109,6508Focus
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$51,897113%216-90$240$290,906,85211Lionsgate / Summit
16Red Dawn (2012)$39,007121%205-44$190$44,426,29310FilmDistrict
17Here Comes the Boom$38,427--191-18$201$44,784,30116Sony / Columbia
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$37,999-43%285-1189$133$33,895,7064Lionsgate
19Taken 2$15,553113%124-32$125$139,710,88417Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$26,63822%98-19$272$12,349,82711Focus
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$17,952-12%96-169$187$12,300,8686Paramount
3The Master$16,977475%3723$459$16,074,72220Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$13,26729%520$255$10,929,27341Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Pitch Perfect$10,915191%91-34$120$64,935,00818Universal
6The Sessions$10,50977%620$170$5,829,05315Fox Searchlight
7Hitchcock$10,23235%90-32$114$5,824,09210Fox Searchlight
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$8,98380%56-17$160$17,693,03919Lionsgate / Summit
9Born to Be Wild 3D$7,885116%300$263$21,805,84095Warner Bros. / IMAX
10LUV$4,266-21%21-24$203$123,4082Indomina Media
11Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,5159%35-23$72$12,946,5978FilmDistrict
12A Late Quartet$2,352-35%10-4$235$1,459,73213Entertainment One / RKO