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, Feb. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$14,809,81534%3,141--$4,715$25,897,5701Universal
2Warm Bodies$5,326,16163%3,0090$1,770$33,718,9432Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$4,116,02347%2,605--$1,580$6,916,0341Open Road
4Silver Linings Playbook$3,107,05094%2,8090$1,106$87,806,64713Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$2,646,89190%3,285-90$806$42,121,1943Paramount
6Mama$2,074,67574%2,677-104$775$62,988,0854Universal
7Zero Dark Thirty$1,931,988101%2,562-309$754$82,455,6788Sony / Columbia
8Argo$1,153,664108%1,405470$821$122,941,25418Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$1,084,03895%1,502-275$722$153,852,0557Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$909,03976%2,4040$378$7,615,4712Warner Bros.
11Lincoln$904,360112%1,517-239$596$173,079,24214Disney / DreamWorks
12Parker$834,39277%2,004-234$416$15,286,0893FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$723,49592%1,447-401$500$143,527,8707Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$702,873127%1,001-299$702$297,877,4529Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$518,953115%1,219-261$426$74,032,3937Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$816,344118%92422$883$107,975,09912Fox
2Top Gun 3D$791,03250%300--$2,637$1,318,1541Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$515,350156%75797$681$184,065,74515Disney
4The Impossible$438,13182%739-26$593$16,389,5978Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$427,53788%24442$1,752$4,713,9445Weinstein Company
6Gangster Squad$398,10172%942-683$423$44,562,9365Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House$380,02399%913-588$416$38,791,4395Open Road
8Stand Up Guys$283,82965%67011$424$2,575,7852Lionsgate / Roadside
9Broken City$228,47885%755-1031$303$19,095,5854Fox
10Skyfall$208,92782%370-55$565$303,349,88014Sony / Columbia
11Movie 43$128,31651%777-1246$165$8,594,6853Relativity Media
12Rise of The Guardians$120,340161%275-32$438$100,778,09112Paramount / DreamWorks
13Jack Reacher$111,09558%307-143$362$79,062,8658Paramount
14This is 40$94,52566%278-95$340$67,212,5308Universal
15Hotel Transylvania$79,920158%191-33$418$148,102,73220Sony / Columbia
16Hyde Park on Hudson$61,95479%130-14$477$5,792,00210Focus
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$48,65297%160-29$304$291,402,86513Lionsgate / Summit
18The Guilt Trip$48,45155%225-66$215$36,667,2588Paramount
19Here Comes the Boom$47,06485%144-31$327$45,168,92718Sony / Columbia
20Texas Chainsaw 3D$45,79478%18564$248$34,155,5406Lionsgate
21The Last Stand$43,01877%239-450$180$11,878,7344Lionsgate
22Flight$27,56970%115-85$240$93,734,59715Paramount
23Red Dawn (2012)$25,67772%105-48$245$44,737,02212FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$44,944123%25--$1,798$65,0651UTV Motion Pictures
2Race 2$39,203108%63-76$622$1,500,9583UTV Motion Pictures
3Anna Karenina (2012)$25,89472%911$285$12,658,65913Focus
4To the Arctic 3D$23,75925%520$457$11,150,65043Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$18,97590%300$633$21,909,71797Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$13,689100%47-3$291$12,485,2118Paramount
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$12,93352%81-67$160$13,074,96110FilmDistrict
8Lost in Thailand$11,79130%35--$337$20,8891WAMCR
9The Master$11,080132%291$382$16,239,26322Weinstein Company
10Hitchcock$8,08454%36-8$225$5,917,60112Fox Searchlight
11Taken 2$7,33181%35-48$209$139,837,17919Fox
12The Sessions$5,30085%18-11$294$5,930,27517Fox Searchlight
13A Late Quartet$3,72392%120$310$1,510,87515Entertainment One / RKO
14Pitch Perfect$1,87579%15-26$125$64,997,39820Universal
15Brief Reunion$1,026522%1--$1,026$5,4084Striped Entertainment
16LUV$63339%3-5$211$155,8354Indomina Media