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 Sun, Jul. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$11,786,650-22%3,173--$3,715$43,899,3401Universal
2Hercules (2014)$8,515,435-17%3,595--$2,369$29,800,2631Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$5,313,217-21%3,668-301$1,449$172,455,8893Fox
4The Purge: Anarchy$3,071,440-22%2,85650$1,075$51,858,9052Universal
5Planes: Fire and Rescue$3,037,271-18%3,83913$791$35,347,4782Disney
6Sex Tape$1,780,133-25%3,0620$581$26,953,5822Sony / Columbia
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$1,493,311-21%2,476-748$603$236,455,0285Paramount
8And So It Goes$1,390,642-26%1,762--$789$4,642,3291Clarius Entertainment
9Tammy$955,975-32%2,562-840$373$78,201,3104Warner Bros. / New Line
1022 Jump Street$772,510-25%1,613-616$479$185,754,5707Sony / Columbia
11How to Train Your Dragon 2$772,360-9%1,358-811$569$165,663,7997Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Maleficent$570,893-21%1,077-464$530$232,174,4229Disney
13Begin Again$491,873-25%1,244-58$395$12,310,7535Weinstein Company
14Earth to Echo$411,915-24%1,272-1178$324$35,531,8264Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$828,074-27%361--$2,294$2,687,2271Roadside Attractions
2The Fluffy Movie$365,105-16%432--$845$1,311,4461Open Road
3Wish I Was Here$360,293-21%625557$576$1,879,7882Focus
4Kick$294,053-29%177--$1,661$1,071,3731UTV Motion Pictures
5America (2014)$293,473-18%760-270$386$13,242,5045Lionsgate
6Chef$255,254-22%405-147$630$27,262,92612Open Road
7Jersey Boys$161,618-24%462-541$350$45,640,0166Warner Bros.
8The Fault in Our Stars$151,448-16%387-170$391$122,703,9948Fox
9Edge of Tomorrow$147,260-33%353-249$417$97,709,5178Warner Bros.
10Godzilla (2014)$124,128-18%302-24$411$199,704,02511Warner Bros.
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$119,724-26%289-98$414$231,272,87010Fox
12Think Like a Man Too$94,767-39%317-311$299$64,744,0356Sony / Screen Gems
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$76,091-30%321-1170$237$30,288,0564Sony / Screen Gems
14Snowpiercer$65,638-21%149-62$441$3,904,4585RADiUS-TWC
15Rio 2$65,198-26%230-26$283$130,678,66216Fox
16Blended$60,457-26%223-62$271$45,607,49010Warner Bros.
17The Amazing Spider-Man 2$54,182-23%187-31$290$202,408,52613Sony / Columbia
18Neighbors (2014)$54,080-50%208-22$260$149,489,92512Universal
19Heaven is for Real$29,053-23%129-20$225$91,269,77115Sony / TriStar
20The LEGO Movie$13,40118%2020$66$257,582,91425Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$61,171-9%410$1,492$5,030,52617Warner Bros. / IMAX
2I Origins$25,598-16%7672$337$118,8292Fox Searchlight
3The Grand Seduction$21,443-40%74-16$290$3,099,2409eOne Films US
4Belle$18,688-15%58-34$322$10,576,61013Fox Searchlight
5Words and Pictures$9,198-18%28-5$329$2,112,28910Roadside Attractions
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,780-15%58-5$134$111,341,86721Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Other Woman (2014)$5,630-29%39-21$144$83,865,72114Fox
8Yves Saint Laurent$5,395-13%8-3$674$242,3585Weinstein Company
9Fed Up$2,10075%131$162$1,528,24012RADiUS-TWC
10God's Not Dead$1,458-7%9-2$162$60,746,70419Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Come Back to Me$1,24122%10--$124$4,1561Freestyle Releasing
12Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$37230%6-2$62$8,460,99012Clarius Entertainment
13The Hornet's Nest$3201%10$320$311,97512Freestyle Releasing
14Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$230-48%4-6$58$209,0578RADiUS-TWC
15A Long Way Off$20725%1--$207$28,9518Moving Visions Entertainment