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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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6:23PM on 05/27/2015
TomorrowFLOP and PolterCRAP were both terrible. Going to see Mad Max again.
TomorrowFLOP and PolterCRAP were both terrible. Going to see Mad Max again.
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12:21PM on 05/27/2015
I saw three films the past week. Mad Max was the best. Tomorrowland and Poltergeist both land around a 7 out of 10 for me. Tomorrowland got boring at points, and had too much of a Disney feeling to it that turned me off. Poltergeist was a bit surprising, but ruined with too much CGI for its type.
I saw three films the past week. Mad Max was the best. Tomorrowland and Poltergeist both land around a 7 out of 10 for me. Tomorrowland got boring at points, and had too much of a Disney feeling to it that turned me off. Poltergeist was a bit surprising, but ruined with too much CGI for its type.
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1:37PM on 05/26/2015
Must see Mad Max: Fury Road again! Great film to see more than once in theaters.
Must see Mad Max: Fury Road again! Great film to see more than once in theaters.
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9:25AM on 05/25/2015

Really Enjoyed TomorrowLand

TomorrowLand was a fun a movie, with important life messages throw in it. I really enjoyed it, and was surprised when I found out it was 2 hours long. It only felt like we were in there for a little over an hour. The performances were great, and would love to see this continued. It's a story that deserves a franchise.
TomorrowLand was a fun a movie, with important life messages throw in it. I really enjoyed it, and was surprised when I found out it was 2 hours long. It only felt like we were in there for a little over an hour. The performances were great, and would love to see this continued. It's a story that deserves a franchise.
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10:33AM on 05/25/2015
I totally agree. Went in with low expectations and thought it was a pretty fun movie. Loved all the nods to the park and the easter eggs scattered throughout the movie.
I totally agree. Went in with low expectations and thought it was a pretty fun movie. Loved all the nods to the park and the easter eggs scattered throughout the movie.
12:03PM on 05/25/2015
I really liked the movie as well, but I don't need it to be a franchise. It's a good stand-alone movie.
I really liked the movie as well, but I don't need it to be a franchise. It's a good stand-alone movie.
9:11AM on 05/25/2015

Poltergeist deserves to bomb

I bet studio execs are kicking themselves for making it such a horribly tame movie. If they went full R, made it less about being a remake and more about trying to do its own thing I bet they could have made $40 million easily.
I bet studio execs are kicking themselves for making it such a horribly tame movie. If they went full R, made it less about being a remake and more about trying to do its own thing I bet they could have made $40 million easily.
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10:33AM on 05/25/2015
You sir are dead on!
You sir are dead on!
6:25PM on 05/27/2015
It was a terrible remake. Bad cgi, horrible acting, very rushed, not scary and full of lame jumpscares.
It was a terrible remake. Bad cgi, horrible acting, very rushed, not scary and full of lame jumpscares.
12:53AM on 05/25/2015

I don't care what the numbers say!

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is the movie all my friends have been raving about. I'm not even sure how many of them know the old Mad Max movies. I just watched it Saturday, so I'm still coming down from the rush that movie gave me, trying to piece together what work of mad genius I just witnessed. It's like Miller took the best bits of the second and third movie (along with Toe-Cutter), threw 'em in a blender with a sandstorm and a page from The Vagina Monologues, and Fury Road is what we got. And I'm
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is the movie all my friends have been raving about. I'm not even sure how many of them know the old Mad Max movies. I just watched it Saturday, so I'm still coming down from the rush that movie gave me, trying to piece together what work of mad genius I just witnessed. It's like Miller took the best bits of the second and third movie (along with Toe-Cutter), threw 'em in a blender with a sandstorm and a page from The Vagina Monologues, and Fury Road is what we got. And I'm not complaining. It's not a great leap to say this one was a long shot. But as long-shots go, they did everything right!

Honestly, I kept forgetting about Tomorrowland. And not because of the bad buzz. I'm just terrible at remembering when movies are supposed to come out in the summer, because every week it's another tent-pole.
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9:20PM on 05/24/2015

Go See Mad Max!!!

I think everyone should open their wallets and go see Mad Max. The movie is doing just ok at the box office, but really, you don't get to see movies made like this nowadays. Everything is so CG and phony. This movie is kinetic, exciting, and R-rated at that and we need to support it. I know I just sound like a fanboy, but I'm just tired of these water downed, dull ass, crapfests that get thrown on people just to make a few buck. I would like to see George Miller fulfill making a new trilogy
I think everyone should open their wallets and go see Mad Max. The movie is doing just ok at the box office, but really, you don't get to see movies made like this nowadays. Everything is so CG and phony. This movie is kinetic, exciting, and R-rated at that and we need to support it. I know I just sound like a fanboy, but I'm just tired of these water downed, dull ass, crapfests that get thrown on people just to make a few buck. I would like to see George Miller fulfill making a new trilogy of Mad Max because if you were to just go by Fury Road, then we are in for a hell of a ride indeed.
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9:14PM on 05/24/2015
Pretty weak numbers for Memorial Day weekend, it used to be the biggest movie weekend back in the day. Still funny Mad Max got beat twice by Pitch Perfect 2 now.
Pretty weak numbers for Memorial Day weekend, it used to be the biggest movie weekend back in the day. Still funny Mad Max got beat twice by Pitch Perfect 2 now.
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5:01PM on 05/24/2015
I had hoped Mad Max would do better than that. It probably won't break $200 million here at this rate (and the worldwide totals don't look so hot too).
I had hoped Mad Max would do better than that. It probably won't break $200 million here at this rate (and the worldwide totals don't look so hot too).
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7:06PM on 05/24/2015
If Mad Max can reach $300 million worldwide it will be an official success. It is at $212 million. A 47% drop is amazingly good for an R-rated action/sci-fi film.
If Mad Max can reach $300 million worldwide it will be an official success. It is at $212 million. A 47% drop is amazingly good for an R-rated action/sci-fi film.
2:52PM on 05/24/2015
I've said it before, but it would be great if the worldwide total of each film could be included in the chart. It would go a long way towards providing a more accurate picture of how a given picture is doing (Fury Road being a good example).
I've said it before, but it would be great if the worldwide total of each film could be included in the chart. It would go a long way towards providing a more accurate picture of how a given picture is doing (Fury Road being a good example).
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3:46PM on 05/24/2015
Agreed, I'd love to see the addition of world wide totals on the chart.
Agreed, I'd love to see the addition of world wide totals on the chart.
6:12AM on 05/25/2015
More information couldn't hurt. However, the studios don't get as much money from movies shown overseas. According to the book The Hollywood Economist by Edward Jay Epstein, studios take in about 40 percent of the revenue from overseas release — and after expenses, they're lucky if they take in 15 percent of that number. The expenses include additional advertising for the foreign market, the addition of subtitles or a foreign language dub, money paid to local distributors and cinema owners
More information couldn't hurt. However, the studios don't get as much money from movies shown overseas. According to the book The Hollywood Economist by Edward Jay Epstein, studios take in about 40 percent of the revenue from overseas release — and after expenses, they're lucky if they take in 15 percent of that number. The expenses include additional advertising for the foreign market, the addition of subtitles or a foreign language dub, money paid to local distributors and cinema owners and tariffs imposed on foreign films by local governments wanting to support the local film industry.
7:58AM on 05/25/2015
That's interesting Martin, although 15% of let's say a possible $150 million from overseas business ain't too shabby (assuming the film didn't cost $200 million to produce, of course).
That's interesting Martin, although 15% of let's say a possible $150 million from overseas business ain't too shabby (assuming the film didn't cost $200 million to produce, of course).
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