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 Sat, Nov. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$10,750,3069%3,407--$3,155$20,575,7881Lionsgate / Summit
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$8,891,28046%3,3459$2,658$56,532,2572Paramount
3Free Birds$7,249,56484%3,736--$1,940$11,193,2101Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$7,066,06539%3,065--$2,305$12,155,8571CBS Films
5Gravity$6,122,95471%3,024-683$2,025$215,768,6485Warner Bros.
6Captain Phillips$3,936,42462%3,021-122$1,303$80,418,5304Sony / Columbia
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,028,896122%2,430-681$835$104,939,1486Sony / Columbia
8Carrie (2013)$1,506,29250%2,252-905$669$31,082,8683Sony / Screen Gems
9The Counselor$1,488,17643%3,0440$489$12,918,0552Fox
10Escape Plan$1,024,77168%1,966-917$521$20,953,2013Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$2,172,14671%410287$5,298$7,604,8863Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$523,39770%662-173$791$14,555,7667Fox Searchlight
3About Time$466,37546%175--$2,665$785,7501Universal
4All Is Lost$251,29052%13048$1,933$1,280,4363Roadside Attractions
5Insidious: Chapter 2$211,99978%553-676$383$82,743,5488FilmDistrict
6Despicable Me 2$208,585108%309-70$675$364,659,99518Universal
7Prisoners$191,34467%465-882$411$59,854,3057Warner Bros.
8We're the Millers$176,68744%555-231$318$149,107,24613Warner Bros. / New Line
9Rush (2013)$163,62080%303-374$540$26,405,5647Universal
10Baggage Claim$129,053108%294-300$439$21,174,8596Fox Searchlight
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$101,311100%251-52$404$67,432,79613Fox
12I'm in Love with a Church Girl$92,72788%243-215$382$2,009,1623High Top Releasing
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$92,08281%312-132$295$115,021,48412Weinstein Company
14Don Jon$76,10350%181-359$420$23,845,3256Relativity Media
15Machete Kills$68,53142%263-990$261$7,586,3744Open Road
16Grown Ups 2$56,357100%148-40$381$133,437,23617Sony / Columbia
17Instructions Not Included$49,248115%136-165$362$44,094,88910Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Runner Runner$46,18859%237-732$195$19,129,7685Fox
19The Smurfs 2$37,894148%135-70$281$70,852,64614Sony / Columbia
20The Wolverine$35,03576%119-45$294$132,338,55915Fox
21Pulling Strings$27,98397%109-206$257$5,686,4295Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$118,54372%9--$13,171$187,5311Focus
2Diana$29,43553%38--$775$48,6851eOne Films US
3Turbo$28,738139%69-39$416$82,787,60916Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Family (2013)$21,02249%87-131$242$36,566,6198Relativity Media
5Grace Unplugged$20,52960%81-127$253$2,439,8275Roadside Attractions
6The Heat$12,54834%42-38$299$159,504,76319Fox
7Elysium$11,37174%38-23$299$92,566,10213Sony / TriStar
8In a World...$8,68557%22-10$395$2,901,59113Roadside Attractions
9Big Sur$6,57839%13--$506$11,3121Ketchup Entertainment
10Spinning Plates$4,85376%63$809$35,2292The Film Arcade
11The World's End$3,92243%16-10$245$25,969,43911Focus
12Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$3,221660%10$3,221$16,2882Cinepix
13Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2,453-61%22-69$112$1,106,6024Relativity Media
14The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,9412%5-9$388$43,8756Rialto Pictures
15The Spectacular Now$97225%18-6$54$6,836,00714A24
16Linsanity$903202%4-4$226$259,3305Ketchup Entertainment
17Hotel Normandy$52178%1--$521$4,2926Rialto Premieres
18Torn$493180%2-3$247$17,2653The Film Collective