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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
198322 (Jun 03 - Jun 05) - 1983$47,122,37014%$51,283,37016%Return of the Jedi
198422 (Jun 01 - Jun 03) - 1984$50,208,0047%$52,239,3932%Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
198522 (May 31 - Jun 02) - 1985$39,602,104-21%$40,535,040-22%Rambo: First Blood Part II
198622 (May 30 - Jun 01) - 1986$29,292,520-26%$30,201,841-25%Cobra
198722 (May 29 - May 31) - 1987$31,346,0727%$32,816,6929%Beverly Hills Cop II
198822 (May 27 - May 29) - 1988$51,152,25563%$52,846,33061%Crocodile Dundee II
198922 (Jun 02 - Jun 04) - 1989$47,075,113-8%$49,266,837-7%Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
199022 (Jun 01 - Jun 03) - 1990$56,448,71220%$57,220,59316%Total Recall (1990)
199122 (May 31 - Jun 02) - 1991$39,905,894-29%$44,702,316-22%Backdraft
199222 (May 29 - May 31) - 1992$56,722,05342%$59,282,25933%Lethal Weapon 3
199322 (May 28 - May 30) - 1993$72,954,98829%$79,692,54534%Cliffhanger
199422 (Jun 03 - Jun 05) - 1994$56,173,647-23%$57,904,917-27%The Flintstones
199522 (Jun 02 - Jun 04) - 1995$61,361,8489%$65,559,92213%Casper
199622 (May 31 - Jun 02) - 1996$75,981,37124%$77,185,75018%Mission: Impossible
199722 (May 30 - Jun 01) - 1997$65,991,022-13%$68,444,353-11%The Lost World: Jurassic Park
199822 (May 29 - May 31) - 1998$66,526,4111%$70,433,2943%Godzilla (1998)
199922 (May 28 - May 30) - 1999$108,519,47763%$121,137,38472%Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
200022 (Jun 02 - Jun 04) - 2000$95,076,409-12%$103,718,166-14%Mission: Impossible II
200122 (Jun 01 - Jun 03) - 2001$120,274,15727%$126,350,60422%Pearl Harbor
200222 (May 31 - Jun 02) - 2002$115,075,674-4%$121,897,241-4%The Sum of All Fears
200322 (May 30 - Jun 01) - 2003$166,218,63744%$175,543,53644%Finding Nemo
200422 (May 28 - May 30) - 2004$192,997,74416%$204,254,15716%Shrek 2
200522 (Jun 03 - Jun 05) - 2005$125,496,138-35%$131,589,366-36%Madagascar
200622 (Jun 02 - Jun 04) - 2006$128,080,9732%$135,941,2693%The Break-Up
200722 (Jun 01 - Jun 03) - 2007$127,498,6560%$135,098,379-1%Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
200822 (May 30 - Jun 01) - 2008$163,143,99428%$168,485,86725%Sex and the City
200922 (May 29 - May 31) - 2009$159,873,083-2%$166,139,706-1%Up
201022 (May 28 - May 30) - 2010$143,798,251-10%$151,810,719-9%Shrek Forever After
201122 (Jun 03 - Jun 05) - 2011$152,244,5436%$159,489,4955%X-Men: First Class
201222 (Jun 01 - Jun 03) - 2012$132,181,371-13%$142,808,184-10%Snow White and the Huntsman
201322 (May 31 - Jun 02) - 2013$159,570,97221%$165,539,62516%Fast & Furious 6
201422 (May 30 - Jun 01) - 2014$157,680,341-1%$166,449,1581%Maleficent