'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) 

Weekly domestic gross

YearWeekTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
201321 (May 24 - May 30)$358,998,31163%$370,057,00057%Fast & Furious 6
201121 (May 27 - Jun 02)$313,620,37360%$329,417,00056%The Hangover Part II
200521 (May 27 - Jun 02)$267,632,77723%$279,761,00022%Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
200721 (May 25 - May 31)$282,345,5014%$309,984,0008%Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
200221 (May 24 - May 30)$223,116,35120%$238,011,0008%Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
200621 (May 26 - Jun 01)$270,867,8651%$286,078,0002%X-Men: The Last Stand
200921 (May 22 - May 28)$248,463,9341%$261,112,0002%Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
200121 (May 25 - May 31)$185,583,53114%$220,228,0000%Pearl Harbor
200321 (May 23 - May 29)$220,004,934-1%$235,723,000-1%Bruce Almighty
200421 (May 21 - May 27)$217,262,963-1%$229,467,000-3%Shrek 2
200821 (May 23 - May 29)$247,021,693-13%$256,199,000-17%Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
201021 (May 21 - May 27)$196,320,434-21%$210,806,000-19%Shrek Forever After
201421 (May 23 - May 29)$256,416,763-29%$276,208,000-25%X-Men: Days of Future Past
201221 (May 25 - May 31)$220,614,576-30%$235,982,000-28%Men in Black 3
200021 (May 26 - Jun 01)$162,788,88730%$219,173,000--Mission: Impossible II