'Tomorrowland' Takes Friday with $9.74M; 'Pitch Perfect 2' Adds $9.7M; 'Poltergeist' Bows to $9.35M; 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Holds Well with $6.75MMay 23, 2015 03:45 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Disney's Tomorrowland opened in first place yesterday with $9.737 million. The latest outing from respected filmmaker Brad Bird will likely concede to Pitch Perfect 2 for the weekend, though. Tomorrowland's opening day was notably lower than Disney's own Prince of Persia adaptation, which opened to a $10.21 million first day during Memorial Weekend back in 2010. Reviews are also in the disappointing category with a 49 percent score from critics, while word of mouth appears mixed thanks to a 64 percent audience score as of this morning. It remains to be seen whether Disney's core young/family audience turn out over the weekend, but for now, we're projecting a $30.9 million three-day weekend and $38 million four-day weekend for a second place opening overall.

Universal reports Pitch Perfect 2 was off 65 percent from its opening day last week to $9.7 million yesterday in second place on Friday. That gives the smash comedy sequel a domestic total of $97.2 million through eight days of play -- 31 percent ahead of the studio's Neighbors last year. Universal projects a $32.9 million three-day haul and $41.1 million four-day frame, which would impressively give it first place on both counts for a second straight week.

Fox and MGM's Poltergeist remake also fell below expectations yesterday with a $9.35 million bow in third place. That's lower than the Evil Dead remake's $11.9 million first day in 2013, and the outlook isn't encouraging with the film's 37 percent score among critics and 35 percent among audiences. BoxOffice projects a $23.8 million three-day frame and $29.2 million four-day for a fourth place finish.

Warner Bros.' Mad Max: Fury Road took in $6.745 million to begin its second frame, down 59 percent from opening day last week. That Friday-to-Friday drop compares favorably against the likes of Lucy (68 percent) and Prometheus (73 percent) and brings Max's total to $70.18 million thus far. The strongly received franchise revival pic looks to earn $24 million over the three-day and $29.9 million over the four-day frame.

Meanwhile, Avengers: Age of Ultron pulled $5.36 million yesterday for a 46 percent week-to-week decline. Marvel's latest blockbuster has tallied $388.53 million domestically through 22 days of play, keeping it on its previous pace between the first Avengers and Iron Man 3. BoxOffice projects $20.1 million for the three-day and $25.7 million for the four-day.

Expanding into semi-wide release in 865 locations, Far from the Madding Crowd brought in $0.61 million yesterday, giving it $3.77 million in the bank so far. BoxOffice projects a $2.2 million three-day and $2.9 million four-day.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

3-Day and 4-Day Projections

1. Pitch Perfect 2 ($32.9 million / $41.1 million)
2. Tomorrowland ($30.9 million / $38 million)
3. Mad Max: Fury Road ($24 million / $29.9 million)
4. Poltergeist ($23.8 million / $29.2 million)
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron ($20.1 million / $25.7 million)
6. Hot Pursuit ($3.2 million / $3.9 million)
7. Far from the Madding Crowd ($2.2 million / $2.9 million)
8. Furious 7 ($2.1 million / $2.6 million)
9. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 ($1.7 million / $2.3 million)
10. Home ($1.5 million / $2 million)
11. The Age of Adaline ($1.4 million / $1.8 million) 

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Sep. 13 - Sun, Sep. 15

Wide (1000+)

1Insidious: Chapter 2$41,050,000--3,049--$13,463$41,050,0001FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$14,500,000--3,091--$4,691$14,500,0001Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,582,000-34%3,239-91$1,723$100,041,1185Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$5,415,000-30%3,238-207$1,672$131,602,0966Warner Bros. / New Line
7One Direction: This Is Us$2,400,000-41%2,300-435$1,043$26,887,2023Sony / TriStar
8Elysium$2,050,000-35%1,720-521$1,192$88,387,6156Sony / TriStar
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,825,000-25%1,638-407$1,114$62,035,4396Fox
10The World's End$1,346,661-42%1,243-277$1,083$24,011,2774Focus
11Despicable Me 2$1,200,000-18%1,006-44$1,193$359,031,32011Universal
12The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,110,000-50%1,576-943$704$29,624,6064Sony / Screen Gems
13This Is The End$780,000-59%1,333-828$585$100,421,40214Sony / Columbia
14Getaway$678,000-69%1,378-757$492$9,974,8133Warner Bros.
15You're Next$603,000-62%1,110-792$543$17,979,9204Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Instructions Not Included$4,250,000-48%933216$4,555$26,580,6983Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Blue Jasmine$1,798,140-23%993-76$1,811$27,884,6948Sony Pictures Classics
32 Guns$867,000-38%908-257$955$73,445,4007Universal
4The Spectacular Now$769,90713%770355$1,000$5,802,6777A24
5The Wolverine$565,000-25%540-158$1,046$130,225,8648Fox
6The Grandmaster$465,000-55%705-99$660$5,822,5004Weinstein Company
7Austenland$381,191127%274216$1,391$1,188,6275Sony Pictures Classics
8Monsters University$373,000-17%382-214$976$265,465,05413Disney
9In a World...$308,71910%14442$2,144$2,079,6696Roadside Attractions
10World War Z$305,000-30%280-94$1,089$201,823,83313Paramount
11The Way, Way Back$290,000-37%421-129$689$20,850,13711Fox Searchlight
12Kick-Ass 2$247,000-61%343-319$720$28,553,4005Universal
13The Ultimate Life$244,000-63%4120$592$1,073,4632High Top Releasing
14Closed Circuit$209,313-78%413-457$507$5,588,0133Focus
15Jobs$186,000-55%239-263$778$15,876,0265Open Road
16Red 2$140,000-14%209-41$670$52,638,1649Lionsgate / Summit
18Now You See Me$127,000-35%171-34$743$117,575,42416Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$73,000-32%137-51$533$15,878,30810Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Short Term 12$163,22775%6236$2,633$519,6514Cinedigm
2Salinger$45,009-48%40$11,252$158,7262Weinstein Company
3Wadjda$40,491--3--$13,497$116,1581Sony Pictures Classics
4Afternoon Delight$34,593-39%3914$887$153,2463The Film Arcade
5Populaire$33,250112%1512$2,217$56,4772Weinstein Company
6The Attack$26,700-25%14-2$1,907$1,665,99113Cohen Media Group
7Mother of George$22,456--1--$22,456$22,4561Oscilloscope
8Blue Caprice$15,200--1--$15,200$15,2001IFC Films
9GMO OMG$15,121--1--$15,121$15,1211Submarine Deluxe
10Mademoiselle C$14,500--6--$2,417$17,3631Cohen Media Group
11You Will Be My Son$14,10090%62$2,350$116,9185Cohen Media Group
12Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve$13,720--3--$4,573$22,0252Liberty Street Films
13Jayne Mansfield's Car$7,400--11--$673$7,4001Anchor Bay Films
14Herb & Dorothy 50x50$6,500--1--$6,500$6,5001Fine Line Media
15Spark: A Burning Man Story$5,140--6--$857$115,5065Paladin / Film Buff
16Plush$3,320--10--$332$3,3201IM Global / Blumhouse