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 Sun, Dec. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$15,207,908-40%3,7423741$4,064$93,933,2262Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$14,207,894-50%4,1630$3,413$296,295,6572Lionsgate
3Thor: The Dark World$2,146,186-52%3,286-427$653$186,705,0864Disney
4Homefront$1,572,101-42%2,570--$612$9,740,4191Open Road
5The Best Man Holiday$1,459,450-56%1,717-324$850$63,088,4753Universal
6Delivery Man$1,323,014-52%3,0360$436$19,356,3832Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$1,075,101-43%1,2341164$871$7,864,9204Fox
8Black Nativity$618,845-58%1,516--$408$4,779,7231Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$513,145-53%1,854-1072$277$58,598,6725CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$488,496-47%1,165-309$419$33,155,2427Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$471,382-53%1,016-829$464$249,699,0499Warner Bros.
12Free Birds$353,768-45%2,287-784$155$53,266,9095Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$299,630-60%1,503-1122$199$98,779,6296Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$899,601-38%835831$1,077$4,637,4192Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$522,175-47%69630$750$10,215,7045Focus
3Oldboy (2013)$220,698-32%583--$379$1,282,6651FilmDistrict
4Ender's Game$220,596-54%843-1192$262$59,381,2305Lionsgate / Summit
5Captain Phillips$197,234-56%807-849$244$102,723,9558Sony / Columbia
6Nebraska$169,854-39%10274$1,665$1,479,3313Paramount Vantage
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$87,813-40%707-414$124$115,033,80910Sony / Columbia
8About Time$79,445-47%331-719$240$14,663,6585Universal
9Despicable Me 2$67,750-50%271-24$250$366,932,48022Universal
10All Is Lost$46,573-39%154-193$302$5,306,1457Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$24,926-50%121-112$206$17,194,87611Fox Searchlight
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$21,942-48%163-22$135$68,239,40117Fox
13Prisoners$21,074-45%203-52$104$60,962,87811Warner Bros.
14We're the Millers$19,543-53%164-31$119$150,368,97117Warner Bros. / New Line
15Insidious: Chapter 2$18,391-53%140-45$131$83,458,69212FilmDistrict
16The Family (2013)$12,907-41%1304$99$36,809,72612Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$10,235-49%141-126$73$24,555,7597Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$18,017-30%68-12$265$44,407,42114Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$16,913-54%4--$4,228$84,2831Weinstein Company
3Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$11,467-45%56-56$205$325,8842Reliance Entertainment
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,660-51%71-53$122$115,641,17716Weinstein Company
5The Counselor$7,213-40%78-51$92$16,856,8986Fox
6Don Jon$6,703-14%26-10$258$24,297,89310Relativity Media
7In a World...$1,349-27%5-4$270$2,962,54217Roadside Attractions
8Runner Runner$1,260-27%23-15$55$19,312,4809Fox
9Reaching for the Moon$1,240-21%4-6$310$43,8384Wolfe Releasing
10The World's End$1,092-29%60$182$26,003,14915Focus
11Contempt (2013 re-issue)$47693%1--$476$33,23313Rialto Pictures
12Grace Unplugged$25427%4-6$64$2,507,1069Roadside Attractions
13Linsanity$180-59%32$60$285,2479Ketchup Entertainment
14Big Sur$8468%21$42$34,7905Ketchup Entertainment
15Romeo and Juliet (2013)$49-78%120$4$1,161,0898Relativity Media