'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, Oct. 25 - Sun, Oct. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$32,000,000--3,336--$9,592$32,000,0001Paramount
2Gravity$20,300,000-32%3,707-113$5,476$199,814,3614Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$11,800,000-28%3,143123$3,754$70,074,0433Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$8,000,000--3,044--$2,628$8,000,0001Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,100,000-37%3,111-491$1,961$100,611,2545Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$5,900,000-63%3,1570$1,869$26,021,3552Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$4,340,000-56%2,8830$1,505$17,423,5822Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$1,063,000-49%1,347-813$789$59,122,0626Warner Bros.
9Insidious: Chapter 2$883,000-41%1,229-436$718$82,136,3857FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$562,000-66%1,7690$318$2,839,4662Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$297,045-75%1,253-1285$237$7,260,4363Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

112 Years a Slave$2,150,000133%123104$17,480$3,409,9432Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$1,555,000-11%83578$1,862$13,021,0926Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$697,000-45%677-520$1,030$25,852,8396Universal
4Baggage Claim$580,000-47%594-271$976$20,857,7685Fox Searchlight
5We're the Millers$577,000-22%786-95$734$148,556,23312Warner Bros. / New Line
6Runner Runner$540,000-68%969-1042$557$18,799,4204Fox
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$525,000-46%4581$1,146$1,735,1722High Top Releasing
8Don Jon$483,000-59%540-574$894$23,488,6235Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$381,000-22%379-16$1,005$364,239,26017Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$270,000-30%444-158$608$114,743,10311Weinstein Company
11Instructions Not Included$270,000-50%301-174$897$43,942,6169Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Pulling Strings$265,000-56%315-123$841$5,570,6734Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$217,000-28%303-47$716$67,210,97412Fox
15Blue Jasmine$156,898-17%119-33$1,318$32,218,24614Sony Pictures Classics
16Grace Unplugged$120,700-49%208-105$580$2,366,8134Roadside Attractions
17The Family (2013)$82,000-62%218-265$376$36,478,7527Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1All Is Lost$517,700453%8175$6,391$655,8872Roadside Attractions
2Wadjda$132,492-6%8721$1,523$994,3717Sony Pictures Classics
3Blue Is the Warmest Color$101,116--4--$25,279$101,1161IFC Films
4Inequality for All$83,589-35%97-6$862$937,8585RADiUS-TWC
5Metallica Through The Never$50,803--22--$2,309$3,422,4095Picturehouse
6Kill Your Darlings$41,426-22%84$5,178$131,6342Sony Pictures Classics
7Romeo and Juliet (2013)$35,000-84%91-370$385$1,069,8953Relativity Media
8Austenland$33,710-9%43-4$784$2,010,92411Sony Pictures Classics
9Capital$22,400--2--$11,200$22,4001Cohen Media Group
10Spinning Plates$20,528--3--$6,843$20,5281The Film Arcade
11A.C.O.D.$17,426-62%19-23$917$157,6904The Film Arcade
12The Square (2013)$15,665--1--$15,665$15,6651Netflix Originals
13The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$14,000-83%49-98$286$487,6263Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
14Parkland$13,934-54%20-12$697$641,4394Exclusive Media
15Escape From Tomorrow$13,815-25%110$1,256$139,3343Producers Distribution Agency
16American Promise$12,837--4--$3,209$41,1612Rada Film Group
17The World's End$12,591-11%26-14$484$25,956,36010Focus
18Seasons of Gray$11,700-63%14-10$836$51,5472EchoLight Studios
1920 Feet from Stardom$9,05415%12-5$755$4,713,48820RADiUS-TWC
20The Spectacular Now$7,011-69%24-30$292$6,830,36613A24
21Mother of George$7,000--7--$1,000$137,4027Oscilloscope
22After Tiller$2,500--6--$417$56,0756Oscilloscope
23Broadway Idiot$166-99%1-5$166$23,3753FilmBuff