Source: Tomorrowland Wins Tight Memorial Day Weekend Against Pitch Perfect 2 (ComingSoon.net)
Walt Disney Pictures opened Brad Bird’s (The Incredibles) latest movie, the sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie and Raffey Cassidy, in 3,972 theaters on Friday (forsaking the usual Thursday previews). It was #1 on Friday with $9.7 million and Disney has projected that the movie will end up with $32.3 million over the three-day weekend and $40.7 million over the four days, making it the top movie of the weekend. $5 million of that amount can be credited to its 354 IMAX screens in North America.
Tomorrowland also opened internationally in 56% of the territories including France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Mexico and the UK, with Russia leading the way with $3.6 million for an opening weekend of $26.7 million overseas for a first weekend of $59 million worldwide (through Sunday only).
Last week’s breakout hit sequel Pitch Perfect 2 fell to second place with an estimated $30.3 million for the three-day weekend (down 56%) and projected $37.9 million for the four days including Monday. Overseas, the musical sequel added another $15.2 million in 37 markets to bring its overseas box office to $61.7 million and global total to $187.1 million in just three weeks.
George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Riley Keough and Zoe Kravitz, had a smaller drop than Pitch Perfect 2, down 31% with an estimated $23.9 million over the three-day weekend (No four-day estimate/projection as of yet.) Mad Max: Fury Road added another $38.2 million internationally, bringing its overseas total to $124.3 million for a global total of $212 million. Korea added another $6.1 million to its total of $14.9 million, while it was #1 in the UK with $4 million, besting both Tomorrowland and Poltergeist. $1.8 million of Mad Max: Fury Road‘s international gross came from IMAX screens, bringing its IMAX total to $7.7 million.
Back in North America, 20th Century Fox’s remake of the horror classic Poltergeist, starring Jared Harris, Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, opened in 3,240 theaters with $23 million for its first three days, or $7,100 per theater. It grossed $8.3 million internationally in 35 markets including the UK and Brazil.
Fifth place went to Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron, which crossed the $400 million mark domestically over the weekend, only the 20th movie to ever reach that plateau, as it added another $20.9 million over the three-day weekend and a projected $26.8 million including Monday. It could be in a fairly tight race with Poltergeist for fourth place depending on how that holds up on Monday. Globally, Avengers added another $66.7 million to bring its worldwide total to $1.263 billion.
Everything else made less than $5 million over the weekend as the Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara comedy Hot Pursuit (MGM/New Line/WB) scored $3.5 million over the three-day weekend with $28.9 million through Sunday.
Thomas Vinterberg’s period drama Far from the Madding Crowd (Fox Searchlight), starring Carey Mulligan, expanded nationwide into 865 theaters after a month-long limited release and took seventh place with a three-day take of $2.3 million or $2,636 per theater. It has grossed $5.4 million so far.
In eighth place, Universal Pictures’ Furious 7 is projected to add another $2.6 million over the four-day weekend as it edges closer to $350 million with $347.5 million grossed domestically in eight weeks. Globally, it’s just shy of $1.5 billion.