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 Fri, Mar. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$11,384,147122%3,9120$2,910$114,187,7712Disney
2The Call$6,180,553--2,507--$2,465$6,180,5531Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$3,708,678--3,160--$1,174$3,708,6781Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$1,760,42985%3,357-168$524$49,453,8023Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$1,349,950109%2,842-160$475$120,536,8156Universal
6Snitch (2013)$1,046,460133%2,35313$445$34,803,7374Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$944,97376%2,424-347$390$20,193,7463Relativity Media
8Safe Haven$847,704107%2,206-335$384$65,305,5145Relativity Media
9Silver Linings Playbook$751,830120%1,602-125$469$122,778,00918Weinstein Company
10Dead Man Down$637,82464%2,1880$292$7,885,1642FilmDistrict
11Escape From Planet Earth$629,49924%2,211-338$285$50,468,0805Weinstein Company
12The Last Exorcism Part II$450,572103%1,575-1125$286$13,555,6763CBS Films
13A Good Day to Die Hard$335,91950%1,117-608$301$64,650,0665Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$328,78380%646-25$509$120,448,91717Fox
2Quartet$265,31372%688-27$386$14,162,20510Weinstein Company
3Dark Skies$188,46044%703-802$268$16,290,9714Weinstein / Dimension
4Warm Bodies$185,71872%659-393$282$64,196,6287Lionsgate / Summit
5Emperor$183,452119%31150$590$1,586,5152Roadside Attractions
6Side Effects (2013)$149,20266%402-200$371$30,088,4156Open Road
7Argo$142,75653%540-201$264$134,811,80023Warner Bros.
8Zero Dark Thirty$120,273100%450-72$267$95,002,99613Sony / Columbia
9Lincoln$109,643140%46634$235$181,122,22919Disney / DreamWorks
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$87,23869%305-32$286$302,162,44114Warner Bros. / New Line
11Django Unchained$84,69879%266-70$318$161,385,22512Weinstein Company
12Les Miserables (2012)$54,22541%241-45$225$148,336,20012Universal
13Parental Guidance$52,07390%2223$235$76,442,96812Fox
14Rise of The Guardians$50,65632%213-62$238$102,881,69217Paramount / DreamWorks
15Mama$45,900166%204-10$225$71,228,4259Universal
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$28,80534%130-95$222$54,609,6498Paramount
17The Impossible$25,466134%105-9$243$18,556,02713Lionsgate / Summit
18Jack Reacher$25,11659%130-64$193$79,979,22913Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$22,0623%125-156$176$19,123,5475Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$81,233515%9477$864$462,0293Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$23,11134%520$444$11,655,92148Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$18,153251%45-11$403$275,3683Methinx Entertainment
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,20937%300$574$22,184,621102Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Parker$16,7171003%9258$182$17,494,5738FilmDistrict
6Camp (2013)$14,201947%1511$947$53,3734Freestyle Releasing
7Kai Po Che$12,840197%42-29$306$1,049,1594UTV Motion Pictures
8Bless Me, Ultima$12,07150%45-7$268$1,429,4034Arenas Entertainment
9Gangster Squad$10,52344%50-40$210$45,897,62110Warner Bros.
10From Up on Poppy Hill$9,642--2--$4,821$9,6421GKIDS
11Hyde Park on Hudson$6,316-12%31-8$204$6,320,63315Focus