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 Tue, Jul. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$12,070,94015%3,997--$3,020$165,658,0101Universal
2The Heat$3,472,73519%3,1843$1,091$92,638,5072Fox
3The Lone Ranger$3,331,18010%3,904--$853$55,067,9851Disney
4Monsters University$3,175,75824%3,739-265$849$221,990,7103Disney
5World War Z$2,524,26712%3,316-291$761$163,765,0883Paramount
6White House Down$1,903,46920%3,2220$591$53,968,8292Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$1,468,47715%2,905-1226$505$273,930,4204Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$933,04912%2,104-606$443$87,437,2284Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$445,02723%1,606-958$277$111,306,5186Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$1,082,024-5%876--$1,235$19,615,3731Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$169,74016%565-470$300$223,381,0608Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$135,74016%617-933$220$235,741,6457Universal
4Epic$99,76533%428-346$233$104,217,4607Fox
5The Croods$69,94534%269-38$260$185,247,32816Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Internship$69,31114%379-629$183$42,892,3855Fox
7After Earth$65,05420%270-61$241$59,006,2706Sony / Columbia
8Iron Man 3$57,02527%294-246$194$406,512,88710Disney
9The Hangover Part III$53,28612%33861$158$111,355,1067Warner Bros.
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$53,13312%170-52$313$3,154,6795Roadside Attractions
11The Bling Ring$50,65814%159-471$319$5,214,8734A24
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$39,50918%185-70$214$142,980,9179Warner Bros.
13The Purge$33,2808%256-866$130$63,616,9405Universal
14Mud$19,91930%111-57$179$20,896,88211Roadside Attractions
15Pain and Gain$19,01814%170144$112$49,555,12511Paramount
16The East$18,15517%102-83$178$1,998,9246Fox Searchlight
1742 (2013)$14,47821%182-70$80$94,837,57713Warner Bros.
18Olympus Has Fallen$7,4256%110-55$68$98,909,83216FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$49,0546%19--$2,582$648,1501Fox Searchlight
2Unfinished Song$25,79115%7051$368$487,0943Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$13,0519%513$256$1,109,1976CBS Films
4Kon-Tiki$4,92843%24-10$205$1,414,67111Weinstein Company
5Stories We Tell$4,90538%274$182$1,448,7759Roadside Attractions
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,5884%63-55$73$122,485,27115Paramount
7Girl Rising$3,42027%18--$190$1,443,34718Gathr Films
8Scary Movie 5$2,4035%43-79$56$31,873,01213Weinstein / Dimension
9Escape From Planet Earth$2,36745%62-39$38$56,889,48321Weinstein Company
10Copperhead$1,75534%15-44$117$112,5352Brainstorm Media
11The Sapphires$1,152-37%15-3$77$2,425,56516Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$461185%2-4$231$502,24810eOne Films US
13Redemption (2013)$412-20%4-15$103$35,8862Roadside Attractions
14Lost and Found in Armenia$272-61%20$136$121,4455High Top Releasing
15Not Today$100285%2-3$50$313,06713Freestyle Releasing
16Tiger Eyes$48-62%10$48$27,1605Freestyle Releasing