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 Fri, Jan. 31 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$4,011,035246%2,867108$1,399$84,673,7853Universal
2That Awkward Moment$3,952,358--2,809--$1,407$3,952,3581Focus
3Lone Survivor$2,317,505153%3,285123$705$100,011,0616Universal
4Frozen (2013)$2,244,958246%2,754-3$815$352,947,28711Disney
5Labor Day (2013)$1,921,070--2,584--$743$1,921,0701Paramount
6Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$1,783,761128%2,907-480$614$35,351,7313Paramount
7The Nut Job$1,763,132228%3,4720$508$44,396,1273Open Road
8American Hustle$1,330,102121%2,216-88$600$130,651,2818Sony / Columbia
9I, Frankenstein$1,107,633118%2,7530$402$12,077,7032Lionsgate
10The Wolf of Wall Street$1,091,398116%1,607-197$679$101,618,1596Paramount
11August: Osage County$921,69465%2,319-92$397$29,549,8406Weinstein Company
12Gravity$586,578204%1,132-128$518$262,553,92418Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$431,16893%1,172-59$368$44,839,56316Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$429,148104%1,052-58$408$21,608,54814Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$353,74758%1,075-585$329$80,326,7248Disney
16Devil's Due$351,44784%1,290-1254$272$14,107,3153Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$377,76969%803-522$470$20,425,2857Warner Bros.
2Nebraska$346,36156%875-93$396$12,863,25912Paramount Vantage
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$337,645100%933-352$362$253,367,4598Warner Bros. / New Line
4Philomena$289,70371%56762$511$26,704,94911Weinstein Company
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$277,459151%822-229$338$420,746,00311Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$153,06458%598-773$256$17,582,2044Lionsgate / Summit
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$118,454142%410-130$289$56,657,3426Fox
8Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$109,05152%420-404$260$124,200,5047Paramount
9Gimme Shelter (2014)$96,45494%347-38$278$981,6002Roadside Attractions
10Inside Llewyn Davis$85,64259%214-75$400$12,267,8819CBS Films
11Captain Phillips$63,422107%245-57$259$106,433,17017Sony / Columbia
12Walking With Dinosaurs$52,824320%323-7$164$34,800,0667Fox
13The Book Thief$50,18170%178-19$282$20,666,03513Fox
14Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$45,118211%220-22$205$118,981,45319Sony / Columbia
1547 Ronin$43,55592%174-65$250$38,203,3456Universal
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$27,33110%150-377$182$32,233,7645Paramount
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$26,674669%16331$164$52,364,9118Lionsgate
18Grudge Match$20,481101%241-3$85$29,297,2206Warner Bros.
19Last Vegas$15,30437%104-55$147$63,806,35814CBS Films
20Free Birds$14,044117%135-36$104$55,474,16014Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$43,657616%2926$1,505$122,0662Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$14,05169%77-25$182$8,117,91810Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$11,780--20--$589$11,7801Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,2177%52-49$81$116,616,53925Weinstein Company
5All Is Lost$3,54265%25-5$142$6,235,74216Roadside Attractions
6Out of the Furnace$2,6253%36-38$73$11,321,5429Relativity Media
7Knights of Badassdom$1,942-80%11-2$177$64,2512eOne Films US
8Love Is in the Air$1,754--6--$292$1,7541Focus World