'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 Sun, Oct. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$15,298,941-33%3,575--$4,279$55,785,1121Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,290,693-37%4,0010$1,572$60,006,9182Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$1,872,053-39%3,026--$619$7,706,7121Fox
4Prisoners$1,462,993-43%3,236-54$452$47,928,4323Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$1,119,260-43%2,30811$485$18,163,8443Universal
6Don Jon$1,019,771-41%2,4220$421$16,072,5782Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$895,633-54%2,0303$441$15,135,0922Fox Searchlight
8Insidious: Chapter 2$854,550-54%2,607-513$328$74,773,1534FilmDistrict
9The Family (2013)$400,727-42%2,023-871$198$34,637,7284Relativity Media
10We're the Millers$365,840-52%1,606-799$228$144,895,4889Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$322,716-42%1,563-499$206$112,405,1358Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pulling Strings$832,356-5%387--$2,151$2,467,1681Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Instructions Not Included$678,217-9%858-90$790$41,258,3936Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Enough Said$578,596-43%437210$1,324$5,429,2383Fox Searchlight
4Grace Unplugged$275,014-27%511--$538$998,1451Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$155,668-47%589284$264$2,738,9782Picturehouse
7Battle of the Year$144,373-43%907-1101$159$8,486,8933Sony / Screen Gems
8Despicable Me 2$138,225-40%485-263$285$362,435,61014Universal
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$121,263-40%513-494$236$65,985,4719Fox
10Besharam$93,885-37%217--$433$482,1821Reliance Entertainment
11Grown Ups 2$89,849-52%335-55$268$132,454,09213Sony / Columbia
13Turbo$66,071-31%222-60$298$82,220,20012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Wizard of Oz 3D$63,291-10%246-59$257$5,404,2123Warner Bros.
15The Wolverine$47,307-42%241-88$196$131,590,01711Fox
16Elysium$41,614-46%222-340$187$92,212,2979Sony / TriStar
17Red 2$38,514-39%20393$190$53,043,40412Lionsgate / Summit
182 Guns$29,985-51%200-203$150$75,247,56510Universal
19The Heat$28,553-50%182-69$157$159,137,89415Fox
20The Conjuring$28,015-51%202-136$139$137,163,05112Warner Bros. / New Line
21The Smurfs 2$24,845-53%156-197$159$70,061,06310Sony / Columbia
22The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$17,088-44%146-183$117$31,165,4217Sony / Screen Gems
23The World's End$16,683-39%131-150$127$25,838,5787Focus
24The Way, Way Back$7,873-48%131-27$60$21,387,27014Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$21,692-36%9--$2,410$99,4621Ketchup Entertainment
2Pacific Rim$17,849-35%92-48$194$101,728,53513Warner Bros.
3In a World...$15,487-39%78-43$199$2,705,0959Roadside Attractions
4This Is The End$12,530-38%97-108$129$101,470,20217Sony / Columbia
5World War Z$11,563-41%75-85$154$202,351,61116Paramount
6One Direction: This Is Us$10,684-26%60-168$178$28,873,3746Sony / TriStar
7The Spectacular Now$10,049-47%58-84$173$6,741,31210A24
8Haute Cuisine$10,024-32%6046$167$107,3873Weinstein Company
9Thanks for Sharing$9,510-29%65-186$146$1,010,8093Roadside Attractions
10The Grandmaster$8,410-35%35-108$240$6,566,8407Weinstein Company
11Fruitvale Station$6,598-37%7634$87$16,049,37713Weinstein Company
12A.C.O.D.$6,0564%3--$2,019$19,0011The Film Arcade
13Salinger$4,817-13%21-113$229$557,1745Weinstein Company
14Populaire$4,719-26%5834$81$152,3455Weinstein Company
15We Are What We Are (2013)$2,833-15%86$354$25,6672eOne Films US
16Nothing Left to Fear$1,976-8%5--$395$7,8861Anchor Bay Films
17You're Next$1,838-54%45-67$41$18,426,9377Lionsgate
18Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,821336%6-2$304$4,327,76418Roadside Attractions
19All Is Bright$1,541-7%10--$154$4,5561Anchor Bay Films
20The Ultimate Life$590-50%9-38$66$1,326,0595High Top Releasing
21C.O.G.$554-37%4-5$139$53,4753Screen Media / Focus World
22The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$230-93%21$115$16,3162Rialto Pictures
23Stories We Tell$202-36%2-2$101$1,599,03822Roadside Attractions
24The Last Day of August$149-82%1--$149$1,6931Striped Entertainment