'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, Apr. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$9,287,804--3,205--$2,898$9,287,8041Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$4,415,521150%3,620-205$1,220$213,255,7374Disney
3Heaven is for Real$4,056,107130%2,705288$1,499$42,167,0232Sony / TriStar
4Brick Mansions$3,553,769--2,647--$1,343$3,553,7691Relativity Media
5Rio 2$3,294,840144%3,703-272$890$85,803,2833Fox
6The Quiet Ones$1,528,345--2,027--$754$1,528,3451Lionsgate
7Transcendence$1,264,87984%3,4550$366$15,631,8452Warner Bros.
9Divergent$1,080,476154%2,066-420$523$136,943,3676Lionsgate / Summit
10A Haunted House 2$970,186139%2,3100$420$11,950,8422Open Road
11God's Not Dead$828,511109%1,600-196$518$50,728,3386Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Draft Day$818,65184%2,080-701$394$22,196,5023Lionsgate / Summit
13Oculus$711,19286%1,881-767$378$23,750,4783Relativity Media
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$662,777103%1,021-259$649$47,006,7588Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$155,141878%156130$994$471,9803Weinstein Company
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$135,811111%468-312$290$107,631,4068Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$135,661208%1372$990$1,443,5242UTV Motion Pictures
4The LEGO Movie$83,478124%303-37$276$252,525,95612Warner Bros.
5300: Rise of an Empire$66,182185%32560$204$105,649,1518Warner Bros.
6Non-Stop (2014)$58,07090%252-108$230$90,345,6009Universal
7Frozen (2013)$42,74269%227-63$188$400,028,18123Disney
8The Monuments Men$34,840--166-55$210$77,604,83312Sony / Columbia
9RoboCop (2014)$23,816--147-28$162$57,812,63411Sony / Columbia
10The Nut Job$22,45383%160-41$140$64,086,25115Open Road
11Son of God$18,95641%211-292$90$59,518,7969Fox
12Dom Hemingway$18,79622%119-10$158$389,3644Fox Searchlight
13Bad Words$15,03612%114-109$132$7,645,5657Focus
14Gravity$10,85634%105-40$103$274,023,59930Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$54,36736%370$1,469$1,013,6684Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cesar Chavez$20,37551%45-72$453$5,460,0015Lionsgate / Pantelion
33 Days to Kill$12,55473%85-25$148$30,581,68110Relativity Media
4Joe (2014)$10,52731%41-7$257$270,5643Roadside Attractions
5About Last Night$10,409--67-42$155$48,614,53011Sony / Screen Gems
6Sabotage (2014)$10,18620%75-55$136$10,405,7395Open Road
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$4,046-37%87-27$47$15,956,3897Lionsgate
8Philomena$3,624-41%33-68$110$37,664,67023Weinstein Company
9Watermark$3,24959%168$203$56,1514eOne Films US
10The Unknown Known$2,372-68%22-27$108$248,0214RADiUS-TWC
11Ernest & Celestine$2,116-13%20-11$106$251,0859GKIDS
12August: Osage County$1,751492%7-9$250$37,730,78418Weinstein Company
13Frankie & Alice$1,462-53%24-19$61$689,5764Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
14Make Your Move$1,254-84%40-102$31$118,8872High Top Releasing
15Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,158--2--$579$30,95112Rialto Pictures
16Gloria (2014)$1,14441%9-4$127$2,087,94814Roadside Attractions
17Dallas Buyers Club$1,11549%12-2$93$27,293,65126Focus
18Godzilla: The Japanese Original$316-90%10$316$21,2542Rialto Pictures
19Gabrielle (2014)$252-8%10$252$4,1642eOne Films US