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 Thu, Feb. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$2,703,1561%3,7750$716$151,710,0962Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$1,185,003-5%3,3720$351$34,200,1061Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,003,015-4%3,0830$325$49,944,6842Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$850,970-5%2,253--$378$30,746,2901Sony / Screen Gems
5Frozen (2013)$453,7490%2,101-359$216$379,704,33513Disney
6Endless Love (2014)$420,025-3%2,896--$145$15,841,2551Universal
7Ride Along$415,3053%2,517-168$165$118,505,8005Universal
8Winter's Tale$311,188-6%2,965--$105$9,093,9011Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$241,3350%2,013-467$120$119,730,9068Universal
10That Awkward Moment$214,0901%1,922-887$111$22,668,5423Focus
11The Nut Job$190,1835%1,918-1086$99$58,839,5035Open Road
12Philomena$189,541-3%1,225721$155$31,523,93613Weinstein Company
13American Hustle$179,4774%1,072-416$167$142,383,07410Sony / Columbia
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$131,985-7%1,278-861$103$48,472,6785Paramount
15Vampire Academy$115,277-6%2,6760$43$7,344,6082Weinstein Company
16August: Osage County$87,703-5%1,010-317$87$36,215,3118Weinstein Company
17Labor Day (2013)$84,9212%1,664-920$51$12,879,6413Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$155,158-2%751-416$207$111,518,6918Paramount
2Gravity$82,346-1%355-346$232$268,428,12820Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$63,5120%386-180$165$48,554,72318Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$59,5014%324-201$184$16,088,87314Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$51,2834%255-202$201$23,570,6109Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$34,8343%223-265$156$24,449,50116Focus
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$34,4260%285-252$121$256,343,74410Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$34,1761%326-203$105$423,307,51613Lionsgate
9I, Frankenstein$28,508-10%468-959$61$18,512,1324Lionsgate
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$16,6162%261-85$64$125,168,3689Paramount
11The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,275-4%201-41$76$57,547,0848Fox
12Walking With Dinosaurs$12,19913%248-3$49$35,495,8389Fox
13Grudge Match$9,94529%291-50$34$29,700,2838Warner Bros.
14Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$8,98117%181-16$50$119,461,28821Sony / Columbia
15Devil's Due$8,264-4%123-176$67$15,656,0145Fox
16Captain Phillips$7,15811%135-47$53$106,892,78019Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$30,576-13%9833$312$1,110,9224Roadside Attractions
2Inside Llewyn Davis$12,9290%86-43$150$12,999,07311CBS Films
3The Book Thief$9,1535%94-41$97$21,127,79215Fox
4Knights of Badassdom$8,25145739%2-7$4,126$113,5314eOne Films US
5Hasee Toh Phasee$5,002-28%77-11$65$597,6792Reliance Entertainment
6The Legend Of Hercules$4,760-2%90-158$53$18,545,9136Lionsgate / Summit
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,73129%34-12$139$8,233,48912Weinstein Company
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$3,1170%62-41$50$32,462,3727Paramount
9Free Birds$2,94629%75-34$39$55,625,87016Relativity Media
10Last Vegas$1,72334%41-19$42$63,914,16716CBS Films
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,09539%10$1,095$18,4982Rialto Pictures
12Gimme Shelter (2014)$496-46%15-61$33$1,357,5764Roadside Attractions
13All Is Lost$45954%9-3$51$6,260,62518Roadside Attractions
14At Middleton$30462%1-6$304$53,8373Anchor Bay / Freestyle
15The Pretty One$20782%10$207$5,1902Dada Films