Grosses

'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.

Weekend domestic gross

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