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.

Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 15 - Sun, Aug. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$25,500,000-61%3,980135$6,407$114,742,2362Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$24,000,000-43%3,697-391$6,492$221,545,8213Disney
3Let's Be Cops$17,200,000--3,094--$5,559$25,607,2641Fox
4The Expendables 3$16,000,000--3,221--$4,967$16,000,0001Lionsgate
5The Giver$11,850,000--3,003--$3,946$11,850,0001Weinstein Company
6Into the Storm$7,800,000-55%3,4340$2,271$31,421,4362Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hundred-Foot Journey$6,850,000-38%2,04320$3,353$23,360,1312Disney / DreamWorks
8Lucy$5,200,000-45%2,520-627$2,063$107,419,5054Universal
9Step Up All In$2,520,000-61%2,0720$1,216$11,669,3342Lionsgate / Summit
10Hercules (2014)$1,950,000-66%1,475-1421$1,322$67,991,2224Paramount
11Get On Up$1,800,000-65%1,101-1368$1,635$26,900,6553Universal
12Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,770,000-59%1,262-1044$1,403$201,682,3606Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge: Anarchy$1,750,000-23%575-1027$3,043$71,244,3805Universal
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,000,000-59%960-1320$1,042$55,695,7595Disney
3What If$900,000572%787767$1,144$1,105,8552CBS Films
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$540,000-22%377-149$1,432$171,202,59310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Calvary$400,00057%13187$3,053$890,0363Fox Searchlight
6Sex Tape$355,000-68%317-627$1,120$37,794,3805Sony / Columbia
7And So It Goes$320,000-73%362-749$884$14,311,4274Clarius Entertainment
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$231,000-17%223-4$1,036$232,471,05313Fox
922 Jump Street$200,000-43%172-141$1,163$189,910,10010Sony / Columbia
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$180,000-69%206-374$874$243,316,9308Paramount
11The Fault in Our Stars$165,000-18%206-17$801$124,162,16011Fox
12Chef$155,000-52%122-120$1,270$29,282,82115Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fluffy Movie$37,000-61%51-105$725$2,781,9644Open Road