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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 26 - Sun, Apr. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$20,000,000--3,277--$6,103$20,000,0001Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$17,443,000-53%3,7929$4,600$64,730,5002Universal
342 (2013)$10,725,000-39%3,405155$3,150$69,079,3723Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$7,500,000--2,633--$2,848$7,500,0001Lionsgate
5The Croods$6,600,000-29%3,283-152$2,010$163,024,7836Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$3,620,000-37%2,707-468$1,337$116,396,1435Paramount
7Scary Movie 5$3,457,000-44%2,733-669$1,265$27,493,9363Weinstein / Dimension
8Olympus Has Fallen$2,768,000-38%2,334-304$1,186$93,076,4726FilmDistrict
9The Place Beyond the Pines$2,699,140-45%1,58442$1,704$16,224,0115Focus
10Jurassic Park 3D$2,300,000-43%1,848-482$1,245$41,990,3754Universal
11Evil Dead$2,000,000-51%2,186-637$915$51,867,7584Sony / TriStar
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,704,000-43%1,610-435$1,058$226,152,1398Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,185,980--363--$6,022$2,185,9801Roadside Attractions
2The Company You Keep$1,245,765214%807723$1,544$2,343,9104Sony Pictures Classics
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,116,000-50%942-463$1,185$50,650,3235Lionsgate
4Filly Brown$565,000-62%25971$2,181$2,310,0912Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Home Run$452,030-71%371-10$1,218$2,281,3302IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6The Host (2013)$370,000-63%611-745$606$25,857,0865Open Road
7Identity Thief$329,000-32%425-55$774$133,139,38012Universal
8Disconnect$262,454--111--$2,364$770,2273LD Entertainment
9Silver Linings Playbook$201,000-63%361-506$557$131,426,34224Weinstein Company
10The Sapphires$182,000-29%12612$1,444$1,418,1646Weinstein Company
11Snitch (2013)$180,000123%25291$714$42,318,83110Lionsgate / Summit
12The Lords of Salem$178,000-72%280-75$636$1,033,2932Anchor Bay Films
13Escape From Planet Earth$160,00011%28343$565$55,048,54711Weinstein Company
14Admission$115,238-66%279-206$413$17,693,5396Focus
15Trance$112,000-72%157-286$713$2,118,7974Fox Searchlight
16Arthur Newman$108,000--248--$435$108,0001Cinedigm
17Warm Bodies$102,000-32%190-50$537$66,268,78313Lionsgate / Summit
18Life of Pi$80,000-51%131-62$611$124,666,21223Fox
19Quartet$78,000-50%130-46$600$18,001,11416Weinstein Company
20Side Effects (2013)$47,739-84%108-537$442$31,993,87212Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Renoir$129,906-8%637$2,062$859,9615IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
2No (2013)$70,965-40%74-14$959$2,139,19211Sony Pictures Classics
3Upstream Color$51,670-25%4313$1,202$296,7264ERBP
4From Up on Poppy Hill$51,445-31%40-8$1,286$797,3567GKIDS
5The Reluctant Fundamentalist$32,700--3--$10,900$32,7001IFC Films
6In the House$31,177-1%96$3,464$77,3572Cohen Media Group
7Kon-Tiki$22,334--2--$11,167$22,3341Weinstein Company
8Blancanieves$20,716-26%12-15$1,726$191,8455Cohen Media Group
9At Any Price$16,574--4--$4,144$22,7661Sony Pictures Classics
10Midnight's Children$12,200--2--$6,100$12,2001Paladin/108 Media
11An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$11,100--2--$5,550$11,1001Variance Films
12Graceland$11,081--14--$792$11,0811Drafthouse Films
13It's a Disaster$10,500-42%9-4$1,167$57,2163Oscilloscope
14Storm Surfers 3D$6,500--2--$3,250$6,5001XLrator Media