Weekend Box Office Report: May 26

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Tomorrowland posterGoing into the weekend, Disney’s Tomorrowland was always going to the best seller at the box office, though it still had competition from Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road which were released the week before. However, those two were expected to experience major drop offs, and they did not disappoint. Its other competition for the week was Poltergeist, but with the kind of reviews that came in for the film, not many expected it to vie for the top of the list.

Read the full report by Screen Rant below

 

The lackluster opening is hurtful because it’s unlikely Tomorrowland can turn things around and become a commercial success. Over the next few weeks, the multiplex will become even more crowded with several other highly-anticipated blockbusters, so Bird’s film will unfortunately become a distant memory in a relatively short period of time. Not only was it a domestic disappointment, Tomorrowland struggled to draw in large crowds in the international markets (though it hasn’t opened in all territories yet), which is usually a safe haven for genre pictures like this. Time will tell if this will actually end up being a money loser for the Mouse House, but things certainly don’t look good right now.

Coming in #2 is last week’s champion, Pitch Perfect 2, which made $30.8 million in is second weekend. As expected, the musical/comedy sequel saw a significant drop-off after its jaw-dropping debut, as its intake fell 55.5 percent. Still, Universal has to be pleased with its $117.3 million domestic total, which surpasses the original’s worldwide gross for its entire theatrical run in 2012.

Mad Max: Fury Road posterFinishing in #3 and holding well is Mad Max: Fury Road. George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action flick brought in $24.8 million during its second weekend, which is just a 45.5 percent decrease from its debut. When the Monday figures are taken into account, the movie has made $95.5 million Stateside, and a very impressive $219.8 million worldwide. The combination of universal praise from both critic circles and moviegoers have definitely amped up the appeal for what some may have thought was a niche project going into the summer, and Mad Max should continue to have a lovely, lovely run at the box office thanks to the positive response.

Opening at #4 is the horror remake Poltergeist (read our review), which made $22.6 million during its first three days ($25.5 million when Monday numbers are added). The film more or less performed according to expectations. Even so, Fox can’t exactly be thrilled with this debut (since horror movies typically have strong showings opening weekend). The reviews didn’t do it any favors, and audiences were largely uninterested, as there were several other, better-received options to choose from. We wouldn’t expect Poltergeist to hang around for much longer.

Rounding out the top five is Avengers: Age of Ultron with $21.6 million. Marvel’s latest blockbuster has grossed $410.9 million so far in its run and has jumped past Furious 7 to become 2015’s top domestic earner so far.

Avengers: Age of Ultron EW posterComing in #6 is The Age of Adaline, which made $15 million this weekend. The film is now at $40.3 million domestically.

The #7 film this weekend is Hot Pursuit, grossing $3.6 million in its third weekend. The “comedy” has made $30 million Stateside and still hasn’t made back its production costs when global numbers are taken into account, meaning this might never get out of the red.

Furious 7  is #8 with $2.3 million. The action sequel has made $347.6 million in the U.S. and is inching closer to passing the first Avengers film on the all-time worldwide charts with $1.5 billion.

In at #9 is Far From the Maddening Crowd, which made $2.2 million this week. It has so far made about $6 million during its domestic run.

Finishing off the top ten is Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 with $1.8 million. The Kevin James vehicle is now at $66.3 million in the States.