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Weekend Box Office Report: May 22-24, 2015

05.24.2015

Tomorrowland takes the top!

Audiences wanted to visit a dazzling futuristic city this Memorial Day weekend, putting Disney's TOMORROWLAND in the #1 spot at the box office with an estimated $32.1 million!

Marketing for the movie (named after the theme park attraction) took a "mystery box" approach, but that ambiguity didn't seem to entice many moviegoers. The live-action sci-fi adventure filled with robots and jetpacks couldn't match the openings of director Brad Bird's animated Pixar releases THE INCREDIBLES ($70.4 million) or RATATOUILLE ($47 million), and landed mid-range for star George Clooney.

The trip to the titular extra-dimensional utopia (co-written by Damon Lindelof of "Lost") has also made an additional $26 million internationally, but the movie carried a considerable price tag of $190 million, one of this summer's largest reported budgets. It currently has a 50% critical average on Rotten Tomatoes and received a 'B' CinemaScore from crowds.

In second place was last weekend's big winner PITCH PERFECT 2 with $30.3 million, a drop of 56% from its opening. The musical comedy, directed by actress Elizabeth Banks, has already crooned its way to a 10-day domestic total of $117.7 million (and a worldwide total of $187 million) on a $29 million cost.

Downshifting to third was MAD MAX: FURY ROAD with another $23.8 million, down 47% from its start last weekend. Director George Miller's post-apocalyptic lunacy is up to $87.3 million domestic.

Opening in fourth place was the remake of the 1982 horror hit POLTERGEIST with $23 million. The PG-13 update of the original Steven Spielberg-produced fright flick swapped in Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as the parents of a family whose home is haunted by malevolent spirits and possessed clown dolls.

Directed by Gil Kenan (MONSTER HOUSE) and produced by Sam Raimi, the remake manifested with a reported $35 million cost. It only stirred critics to a 33% Rotten Tomatoes average and got a scary 'C+' CinemaScore from audiences.

In fifth place was AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON with $20.8 million as Marvel's superhero collective has passed $400 million domestic, and powerful overseas business has propelled it to a current global total of $1.26 billion.

On the bottom half of the chart, the Reese Witherspoon/Sofia Vergara comedy HOT PURSUIT continues to cool off, while the Thomas Hardy adaptation FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD jumped up several spots to seventh place after adding a few hundred screens.

FURIOUS 7 still has juice in the tank after two months in theaters (its worldwide total is closing in on THE AVENGERS' $1.51 billion), and PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 stumbles toward the end of the list along with the animated HOME. Outside the chart, the Blake Lively romantic fantasy THE AGE OF ADALINE and the A.I. thriller EX MACHINA slid out of the Top 10.

Next weekend has Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson dealing with a seismic catastrophe in SAN ANDREAS, while Bradley Cooper visits Hawaii in Cameron Crowe's ALOHA.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Tomorrowland $32.1 M
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2. Pitch Perfect 2 $30.3 M $117.7 M
3. Mad Max: Fury Road $23.8 M $87.3 M
4. Poltergeist $23 M
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5. Avengers: Age of Ultron $20.8 M $404 M
6. Hot Pursuit $3.4 M $28.9 M
7. Far from the Madding Crowd $2.2 M $5.4 M
8. Furious 7 $2.1 M $346.9 M
9. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 $1.7 M $65.5 M
10. Home $1.6 M $167.9 M

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Source: Rentrak

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