'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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 12 - Sun, Jul. 14

Wide (1000+)

1Despicable Me 2$44,754,000-46%4,0036$11,180$229,237,8802Universal
2Grown Ups 2$42,500,000--3,491--$12,174$42,500,0001Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$38,300,000--3,275--$11,695$38,300,0001Warner Bros.
4The Heat$14,000,000-43%3,128-56$4,476$112,363,4773Fox
5The Lone Ranger$11,140,000-62%3,9040$2,853$71,101,1922Disney
6Monsters University$10,621,000-46%3,142-597$3,380$237,760,4274Disney
7World War Z$9,430,000-49%3,003-313$3,140$177,086,9204Paramount
8White House Down$6,150,000-54%2,566-656$2,397$62,962,9333Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$4,825,000-58%2,150-755$2,244$280,994,8785Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$2,950,000-50%1,394-710$2,116$91,738,4405Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$5,000,000-50%89216$5,605$26,378,3092Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$1,310,000-54%850-756$1,541$113,287,7027Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$690,000-47%403-162$1,712$224,364,7249Paramount
4Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$670,000--139--$4,820$670,0001Reliance Entertainment
5Fast & Furious 6$535,000-50%397-220$1,348$236,520,3558Universal
620 Feet from Stardom$497,3783%13142$3,797$1,770,5175RADiUS-TWC
8Before Midnight$313,714-34%154-60$2,037$7,090,3838Sony Pictures Classics
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$263,700-41%138-32$1,911$3,529,9516Roadside Attractions
10The Croods$247,000-28%243-26$1,016$185,621,46917Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Iron Man 3$241,000-50%199-95$1,211$406,850,68811Disney
12The Internship$216,000-53%233-146$927$43,218,9546Fox
13Mud$134,300-17%110-1$1,221$21,068,96012Roadside Attractions
14The Purge$124,000-62%179-77$693$63,795,9806Universal
15Pain and Gain$71,000-39%150-20$473$49,659,15012Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Way, Way Back$1,110,000101%7960$14,051$1,854,4852Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$377,285--7--$53,898$377,2851Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$248,0002%9121$2,725$793,4864Weinstein Company
4The Attack$167,703-14%552$3,049$714,9134Cohen Media Group
5The Bling Ring$150,000-53%97-62$1,546$5,450,2455A24
6Fill the Void$136,839-15%645$2,138$1,406,1848Sony Pictures Classics
7I'm So Excited$109,816-22%226$4,992$473,9663Sony Pictures Classics
8Frances Ha$96,900-13%57-13$1,700$3,796,1339IFC Films
9The East$94,800-42%71-31$1,335$2,127,0527Fox Searchlight
10The Kings of Summer$70,000-27%565$1,250$1,204,7057CBS Films
11Killing Season$25,628--15--$1,709$25,6281Millenium Entertainment
12Stories We Tell$24,800-29%281$886$1,483,20510Roadside Attractions
13Crystal Fairy$24,000--2--$12,000$24,0001IFC Films
14Museum Hours$23,336-25%2-1$11,668$124,1843Cinema Guild
15Still Mine$21,000--4--$5,250$21,0001IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16G.I. Joe: Retaliation$17,000-50%41-22$415$122,511,24116Paramount
17Stuck in Love$12,754-64%15-6$850$61,6862Millennium Entertainment
18Byzantium$12,000-5%126$1,000$63,2263IFC Films
19Dealin' with Idiots$12,000--1--$12,000$12,0001IFC Films
20What Maisie Knew$9,615-37%131$740$1,044,57611Millenium Entertainment
21Viola$6,275--1--$6,275$6,2751Cinema Guild
22Pawn Shop Chronicles$4,670--15--$311$4,6701Anchor Bay Films