'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.

Weekly domestic gross

YearWeekTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
201521 (May 22 - May 28)$182,287,788-29%$194,423,000-30%Tomorrowland
201021 (May 21 - May 27)$196,320,434-21%$210,806,000-19%Shrek Forever After
200021 (May 26 - Jun 01)$162,788,88730%$219,173,000--Mission: Impossible II
200121 (May 25 - May 31)$185,583,53114%$220,228,0000%Pearl Harbor
200421 (May 21 - May 27)$217,262,963-1%$229,467,000-3%Shrek 2
200321 (May 23 - May 29)$220,004,934-1%$235,723,000-1%Bruce Almighty
201221 (May 25 - May 31)$220,614,576-30%$235,982,000-28%Men in Black 3
200221 (May 24 - May 30)$223,116,35120%$238,011,0008%Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
200821 (May 23 - May 29)$247,021,693-13%$256,199,000-17%Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
200921 (May 22 - May 28)$248,463,9341%$261,112,0002%Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
201421 (May 23 - May 29)$256,416,763-29%$276,208,000-25%X-Men: Days of Future Past
200521 (May 27 - Jun 02)$267,632,77723%$279,761,00022%Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
200621 (May 26 - Jun 01)$270,867,8651%$286,078,0002%X-Men: The Last Stand
200721 (May 25 - May 31)$282,345,5014%$309,984,0008%Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
201121 (May 27 - Jun 02)$313,620,37360%$329,417,00056%The Hangover Part II
201321 (May 24 - May 30)$358,998,31163%$370,057,00057%Fast & Furious 6