'Tomorrowland' Takes Friday with $9.74M; 'Pitch Perfect 2' Adds $9.7M; 'Poltergeist' Bows to $9.35M; 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Holds Well with $6.75MMay 23, 2015 03:45 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Disney's Tomorrowland opened in first place yesterday with $9.737 million. The latest outing from respected filmmaker Brad Bird will likely concede to Pitch Perfect 2 for the weekend, though. Tomorrowland's opening day was notably lower than Disney's own Prince of Persia adaptation, which opened to a $10.21 million first day during Memorial Weekend back in 2010. Reviews are also in the disappointing category with a 49 percent score from critics, while word of mouth appears mixed thanks to a 64 percent audience score as of this morning. It remains to be seen whether Disney's core young/family audience turn out over the weekend, but for now, we're projecting a $30.9 million three-day weekend and $38 million four-day weekend for a second place opening overall.

Universal reports Pitch Perfect 2 was off 65 percent from its opening day last week to $9.7 million yesterday in second place on Friday. That gives the smash comedy sequel a domestic total of $97.2 million through eight days of play -- 31 percent ahead of the studio's Neighbors last year. Universal projects a $32.9 million three-day haul and $41.1 million four-day frame, which would impressively give it first place on both counts for a second straight week.

Fox and MGM's Poltergeist remake also fell below expectations yesterday with a $9.35 million bow in third place. That's lower than the Evil Dead remake's $11.9 million first day in 2013, and the outlook isn't encouraging with the film's 37 percent score among critics and 35 percent among audiences. BoxOffice projects a $23.8 million three-day frame and $29.2 million four-day for a fourth place finish.

Warner Bros.' Mad Max: Fury Road took in $6.745 million to begin its second frame, down 59 percent from opening day last week. That Friday-to-Friday drop compares favorably against the likes of Lucy (68 percent) and Prometheus (73 percent) and brings Max's total to $70.18 million thus far. The strongly received franchise revival pic looks to earn $24 million over the three-day and $29.9 million over the four-day frame.

Meanwhile, Avengers: Age of Ultron pulled $5.36 million yesterday for a 46 percent week-to-week decline. Marvel's latest blockbuster has tallied $388.53 million domestically through 22 days of play, keeping it on its previous pace between the first Avengers and Iron Man 3. BoxOffice projects $20.1 million for the three-day and $25.7 million for the four-day.

Expanding into semi-wide release in 865 locations, Far from the Madding Crowd brought in $0.61 million yesterday, giving it $3.77 million in the bank so far. BoxOffice projects a $2.2 million three-day and $2.9 million four-day.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

3-Day and 4-Day Projections

1. Pitch Perfect 2 ($32.9 million / $41.1 million)
2. Tomorrowland ($30.9 million / $38 million)
3. Mad Max: Fury Road ($24 million / $29.9 million)
4. Poltergeist ($23.8 million / $29.2 million)
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron ($20.1 million / $25.7 million)
6. Hot Pursuit ($3.2 million / $3.9 million)
7. Far from the Madding Crowd ($2.2 million / $2.9 million)
8. Furious 7 ($2.1 million / $2.6 million)
9. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 ($1.7 million / $2.3 million)
10. Home ($1.5 million / $2 million)
11. The Age of Adaline ($1.4 million / $1.8 million) 

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Jan. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$10,425,645-38%2,663--$3,915$41,516,1701Universal
2The Nut Job$5,864,000-33%3,427--$1,711$19,423,0001Open Road
3Lone Survivor$5,081,295-51%2,989114$1,700$72,868,9364Universal
4Frozen (2013)$3,974,379-25%2,979-260$1,334$332,403,2159Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$3,249,752-53%3,387--$959$15,451,9811Paramount
6American Hustle$2,410,355-48%2,204-425$1,094$115,697,5546Sony / Columbia
7August: Osage County$2,037,710-37%2,0511146$994$17,953,9914Weinstein Company
8Devil's Due$1,830,873-39%2,544--$720$8,308,2201Fox
9The Wolf of Wall Street$1,795,026-45%1,930-591$930$89,845,9814Paramount
10Her (2013)$1,110,778-37%1,7290$642$15,033,8445Warner Bros.
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,059,626-39%1,815-1260$584$248,524,8026Warner Bros. / New Line
12Saving Mr. Banks$1,028,209-43%2,449-222$420$75,159,5266Disney
13The Legend Of Hercules$1,015,360-31%2,1040$483$14,372,7942Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$675,697-41%1,328-434$509$417,450,9739Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$537,544-45%1,731-1281$311$122,099,1225Paramount
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$385,321-33%1,569-1314$246$31,333,2253Paramount
17The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$327,497-45%1,037-1547$316$55,095,8414Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$490,918-46%944789$520$258,277,70616Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$435,324-39%761647$572$40,644,13614Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$351,699-37%505-102$696$24,023,8659Weinstein Company
4Dallas Buyers Club$281,827-33%419294$673$17,813,22012Focus
5Inside Llewyn Davis$247,302-49%585-144$423$11,044,4257CBS Films
6Nebraska$221,859-47%408-113$544$9,657,92510Paramount Vantage
7Captain Phillips$133,424-47%903789$148$105,641,43315Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$121,765-36%343-1016$355$37,598,2204Universal
9Walking With Dinosaurs$105,536-30%454-885$232$34,296,2545Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$91,861-34%256-8$359$118,427,18617Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$58,911-42%190-113$310$20,157,29311Fox
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$43,132-47%391-649$110$52,222,0896Lionsgate
13Free Birds$38,896-31%199-33$195$55,274,79512Relativity Media
14Grudge Match$38,178-47%408-1597$94$29,059,2874Warner Bros.
15Last Vegas$31,229-46%194-46$161$63,603,32112CBS Films
16Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$25,859-30%154-38$168$101,963,47413Paramount
17Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$22,338-28%122-241$183$7,976,8778Weinstein Company
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,989-46%119-17$134$116,529,31723Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Out of the Furnace$11,159-41%9760$115$11,264,4877Relativity Media
2All Is Lost$10,055-49%62-7$162$6,177,18914Roadside Attractions
3Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,305-41%2--$653$39,19920Rialto Pictures
4Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$161-2%10$161$4,7352Anchor Bay Films
5Indigo Children$52-32%1--$52$1,8291Striped Entertainment