Disney's epic sci-fi Tomorrowland got mixed reviews from critics and audiences, and even though it opened in first place, it's something of a disappointment for a movie that apparently had a $190 million budget. Yikes- in that way, a $30 million three day opening and likely $40 million four day just isn't going to cut it, and is reminiscent of cost-benefit bombs like The Lone Ranger a couple years ago. Last week's champ Pitch Perfect 2 held well to bring in another $30 million in second place, and theoretically could overtake Tomorrowland for the extended holiday weekend, depending on how it holds tomorrow. That's a big success for the female driven musical, and for Elizabeth Banks, who made her directorial debut with the film.
Mad Max: Fury Road came in third, after its successful showing last week with a $44 million opening, and a four day total this weekend of about $30 million. That takes its total to over $100 million and it'll likely finish with at least $150 million, not bad for an ultra violent R-rated actioner, even if it's potentially facing the problem of having a budget twice that size. The Poltergeist remake opened with $23 million, fairly decent, while Avengers rounded out the top five.
- Tomorrowland- $32.2 million
- Pitch Perfect 2- $30.3 million
- Mad Max: Fury Road- $23.9 million
- Poltergeist- $23 million
- Avengers: Age of Ultron- $20.9 million
The Avengers has no crossed $400 million domestically and $1.2 billion globally (but it looks like Furious 7's going to hold on to that worldwide figure in the end, sitting at $1.4 billion and now the highest grossing movie in China's history). In limited release Ex Machina has become a success, grossing $20 million to become A24's most successful film, while Far From the Madding Crowd has crossed $5 million. Next week it'll be the opening of the Rock's disaster movie San Andreas against Cameron Crowe's romantic comedy Aloha. See you then!