Grosses

'Tomorrowland' ($41.7M) Inches Past 'Pitch Perfect 2' ($38.5M) In Close Race for First; 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Third with $32.1M; 'Poltergeist' Debuts in Fifth with Solid $26.5MMay 25, 2015 09:27 AM

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 an estimated four-day debut of $41.74 million. The Brad Bird directed sci-fi family film starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson opened on the very low end of pre-release expectations. Despite opening on the lower 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 a slim 3 percent ahead of the $40.42 million four-day take of 2011's Super 8. The revised three-day estimate for Tomorrowland stands at $32.97 million. That gives the film an estimated four-day to three-day ratio of 1.27 to 1. Tomorrowland received a modest B rating on CinemaScore.

On the heels of last weekend's break-out start, Pitch Perfect 2 experienced a respectable second weekend hold this weekend with an estimated four-day take of $38.54 million. The successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick was down 44 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 $126.02 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.

Warner's Mad Max: Fury Road placed in third with an estimated four-day take of $32.10 million. The critically acclaimed action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron was down 29 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 $95.53 million in eleven days. That is on the high end of expectations and places the film 4 percent ahead of the $91.92 million eleven-day take of 2012's Prometheus. The revised three-day estimate for Mad Max: Fury Road is $24.82 million.

Avengers: Age of Ultron claimed fourth place with an estimated four-day take of $27.81 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 28 percent from last weekend and has grossed $410.98 million in 25 days. The film is currently running 22 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. The revised three-day estimate for Avengers: Age of Ultron is $21.69 million.

Poltergeist rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated four-day start of $26.50 million. The PG-13 rated horror remake from Fox and MGM debuted in line with its wide ranging 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. The revised three-day estimate for Poltergeist stands at $22.60 million. That places the film's estimated four-day to three-day ratio at a front-loaded 1.17 to 1. Poltergeist was soft on CinemaScore with a C+ rating, which is a very common occurrence for a horror film.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Oct. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$3,488,266-13%3,66085$953$136,013,6432Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$2,088,516-21%3,020--$692$34,018,0291Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$665,076-23%3,874-127$172$82,200,0103Sony / Columbia
4Runner Runner$386,476-15%3,0260$128$15,571,9212Fox
5Prisoners$329,134-16%2,855-381$115$54,877,9334Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$290,032-21%2,538--$114$4,943,2271Open Road
7Rush (2013)$244,950-11%2,130-178$115$23,117,3444Universal
8Don Jon$239,096-17%1,996-426$120$21,069,5133Relativity Media
9Insidious: Chapter 2$175,123-14%2,156-451$81$79,216,0575FilmDistrict
10Baggage Claim$124,006-20%1,320-710$94$18,780,2373Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$96,147-7%1,150-456$84$146,868,86610Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$59,833-12%1,050-973$57$36,023,2715Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$190,780-2%606169$315$8,801,0264Fox Searchlight
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$75,980-5%980-583$78$113,818,3869Weinstein Company
3Pulling Strings$67,479-6%42841$158$4,496,3282Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Instructions Not Included$57,860-10%711-147$81$42,949,7897Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$41,095-11%461--$89$674,5951Relativity Media
6Grace Unplugged$37,469-9%502-9$75$1,897,2112Roadside Attractions
7Despicable Me 2$28,010-24%434-51$65$363,216,17015Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$22,722-17%404-109$56$66,592,16010Fox
9Riddick$21,555-17%430-365$50$41,744,4956Universal
10The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$20,489-20%147--$139$339,7131Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
11The Wolverine$17,373-12%227-14$77$131,907,69612Fox
122 Guns$12,450-17%166-34$75$75,469,16511Universal
13The Heat$11,547-7%139-43$83$159,314,19916Fox
14Turbo$10,759-8%187-35$58$82,493,00913Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Red 2$10,344-10%168-35$62$53,251,08013Lionsgate / Summit
16The Conjuring$5,835-9%145-57$40$137,294,46613Warner Bros. / New Line
17Besharam$5,614-56%126-91$45$676,1832Reliance Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$5,37977%167$336$202,7692Ketchup Entertainment
2You're Next$4,80714%8742$55$18,489,4368Lionsgate
3In a World...$4,761-8%54-24$88$2,795,66210Roadside Attractions
4Haute Cuisine$4,0751%30-30$136$166,6984Weinstein Company
5The World's End$4,0001%73-58$55$25,916,3418Focus
6Pacific Rim$3,89416%52-40$75$101,798,62314Warner Bros.
7The Wizard of Oz 3D$3,37911%50-196$68$5,505,0014Warner Bros.
8The Way, Way Back$3,3697%63-68$53$21,434,97615Fox Searchlight
9The Spectacular Now$2,107-14%33-25$64$6,785,56811A24
10We Are What We Are (2013)$2,030-5%135$156$54,3153eOne Films US
11Salinger$1,608-24%16-5$101$581,7436Weinstein Company
12Fruitvale Station$1,60019%41-35$39$16,07714Weinstein Company
13The Grandmaster$1,11918%16-19$70$6,589,4278Weinstein Company
14Populaire$1,05611%21-37$50$169,9436Weinstein Company
15Thanks for Sharing$73750%16-49$46$1,034,9274Roadside Attractions
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$205-35%21$103$19,4883Rialto Pictures
17Cassadaga$11620%3--$39$1,9301Archstone Distribution