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 Sat, Nov. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$28,401,259-10%4,1630$6,822$282,087,7632Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$25,343,182-6%3,7423741$6,773$78,725,3182Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$4,461,6880%3,286-427$1,358$184,558,9004Disney
4The Best Man Holiday$3,339,565-1%1,717-324$1,945$61,629,0253Universal
5Delivery Man$2,776,3021%3,0360$914$18,033,3692Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$2,711,0393%2,570--$1,055$8,168,3181Open Road
7The Book Thief$1,888,648-1%1,2341164$1,531$6,789,8194Fox
8Black Nativity$1,490,981-4%1,516--$983$4,160,8781Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$1,081,643-1%1,854-1072$583$58,085,5275CBS Films
10Gravity$1,009,830-6%1,016-829$994$249,227,6679Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$915,1672%1,165-309$786$32,666,7467Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$740,3432%1,503-1122$493$98,479,9996Paramount
13Free Birds$640,480-24%2,287-784$280$52,913,1415Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,443,5728%835831$1,729$3,737,8182Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$979,755-3%69630$1,408$9,693,5295Focus
3Ender's Game$478,363-7%843-1192$567$59,160,6345Lionsgate / Summit
4Captain Phillips$451,373-10%807-849$559$102,526,7218Sony / Columbia
5Oldboy (2013)$326,373-4%583--$560$1,061,9671FilmDistrict
6Nebraska$279,776-1%10274$2,743$1,309,4773Paramount Vantage
7About Time$148,9502%331-719$450$14,584,2135Universal
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$146,047-5%707-414$207$114,945,99610Sony / Columbia
9Despicable Me 2$136,8551%271-24$505$366,864,73022Universal
10All Is Lost$75,9847%154-193$493$5,259,5727Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$50,2429%121-112$415$17,169,95011Fox Searchlight
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$42,187-1%163-22$259$68,217,45917Fox
13We're the Millers$41,43315%164-31$253$150,349,42817Warner Bros. / New Line
14Insidious: Chapter 2$38,89021%140-45$278$83,440,30112FilmDistrict
15Prisoners$38,64317%203-52$190$60,941,80411Warner Bros.
16The Family (2013)$21,78113%1304$168$36,796,81912Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$20,05015%141-126$142$24,545,5247Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$36,67019%4--$9,168$67,3701Weinstein Company
2Instructions Not Included$25,87417%68-12$381$44,389,40414Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$20,91426%56-56$373$314,4172Reliance Entertainment
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$17,57311%71-53$248$115,632,51716Weinstein Company
5The Counselor$12,05610%78-51$155$16,849,6856Fox
6Don Jon$7,7761%26-10$299$24,291,19010Relativity Media
7In a World...$1,840-1%5-4$368$2,961,19317Roadside Attractions
8Runner Runner$1,7270%23-15$75$19,311,2209Fox
9Reaching for the Moon$1,570-19%43$393$42,5984Wolfe Releasing
10The World's End$1,5368%60$256$26,002,05715Focus
11Linsanity$440221%3--$147$285,0679Ketchup Entertainment
12Contempt (2013 re-issue)$24619%1--$246$32,75713Rialto Pictures
13Romeo and Juliet (2013)$22140%120$18$1,161,0408Relativity Media
14Grace Unplugged$2009%4-6$50$2,506,8529Roadside Attractions
15Big Sur$506%21$25$34,7065Ketchup Entertainment