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 Thu, Dec. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,809,345-2%4,1630$435$343,831,9973Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$1,715,5140%3,7420$458$142,204,0733Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$405,8211%3,074-212$132$195,425,6895Disney
4Out of the Furnace$374,574-14%2,1012097$178$7,148,4621Relativity Media
5Homefront$318,186-8%2,5700$124$16,800,8692Open Road
6Delivery Man$301,057-5%2,905-131$104$26,122,6843Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$279,779-4%1,31682$213$13,201,7685Fox
812 Years a Slave$176,06025%1,082-83$163$35,631,6888Fox Searchlight
9The Best Man Holiday$173,470-8%1,577-140$110$67,964,0054Universal
10Last Vegas$133,0620%1,539-315$86$61,151,2226CBS Films
11Black Nativity$71,036-9%1,5259$47$6,734,4862Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$57,715-15%1,157-346$50$100,295,5927Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$38,1213%1,007936$38$116,072,62517Weinstein Company
14Free Birds$17,848-10%1,202-1085$15$53,881,0336Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$290,1007%8350$347$9,262,9783Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$164,5420%73438$224$13,126,8656Focus
3Gravity$139,1907%900-116$155$252,033,60810Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$63,87313%11311$565$2,465,9994Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$58,3794%640-167$91$103,726,8589Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$42,534-9%608-235$70$60,306,5926Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$34,540-16%5830$59$2,129,0132FilmDistrict
8About Time$25,27012%266-65$95$15,101,1136Universal
9All Is Lost$17,78221%147-7$121$5,547,0698Roadside Attractions
10Despicable Me 2$11,340-18%252-19$45$367,212,05023Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,139-1%312-395$29$115,310,34611Sony / Columbia
12Don Jon$7,257-8%12599$58$24,391,68411Relativity Media
13Insidious: Chapter 2$4,1361%122-18$34$83,546,01913FilmDistrict
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,785-4%140-23$27$68,333,31818Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$34,544-8%4--$8,636$553,5321CBS Films
2Enough Said$6,74214%94-27$72$17,319,89112Fox Searchlight
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,66811%40$1,667$205,9952Weinstein Company
4Escape Plan$4,0370%81-60$50$24,627,0958Lionsgate / Summit
5The Family (2013)$3,6810%96-34$38$36,873,71713Relativity Media
6The Counselor$3,026-8%71-7$43$16,906,6607Fox
7Instructions Not Included$2,323-15%46-22$51$44,467,20615Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Twice Born$839-18%10--$84$18,2951eOne Films US
9Linsanity$459-82%1-2$459$298,17810Ketchup Entertainment
10Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$19247%6-50$32$342,1833Reliance Entertainment