Box Office: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Unseats ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, Beats ‘Mad Max’
Some might consider it an upset, but Pitch Perfect 2 is riding a wave of broad commercial appeal to unseat Avengers: Age of Ultron from the No. 1 spot. Granted, Avengers: Age of Ultron is now three weeks into its historic run, and a whole slate of other new movies are hitting theaters as summer movie season takes off, so it’s no big surprise to see the Marvel blockbuster take a hit. But what IS a bit of a surprise is just how well Pitch Perfect 2 ended up doing, as reports from earlier this weekend showed.
With an incredible $70.3 million opening, Pitch Perfect 2 is not only the No. 1 movie at the box office this weekend, it’s also one of the biggest openings of all-time for a non-tentpole release (with a “tentpole” being exactly what the name implies: a film intended to support its studio by generating a large amount of income in a short period of time). In addition, Pitch Perfect 2 has successfully recouped its $29 million budget, along with surpassing the domestic gross of the original film’s entire run, as the first film topped out at $65 million in North America in 2012.
This was a big enough opening to keep ahead of the weekend’s other major newcomer, Mad Max: Fury Road, a reboot of George Miller’s Mad Max franchise. Although the film didn’t even come close to touching the gross for Pitch Perfect 2, its $44.4 million weekend landed the movie at No. 2. It still has a long way to go before it makes back its $150 million budget, but if there’s a silver lining in its “strong but underwhelming” box office performance, it’s that the film has been extraordinarily well-received by the people who’ve actually gone to see it, particularly critics. I mean, it’s currently got a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, for crying out loud! There’s a very real possibility that strong word-of-mouth could carry Mad Max: Fury Road farther than it otherwise would have gone. Another silver lining: when combined with the totals for Pitch Perfect 2 and other releases, this is the biggest pre-Memorial Day weekend of all-time at the box office, with a staggering $183.4 million in revenue generated. In short, a lot of people were at the movies this weekend. A LOT.
Case in point, Avengers: Age of Ultron is still drawing in crowds long after the initial, feverish rush of its opening weekend. In its third weekend, Avengers: Age of Ultron earned $38.8 million to come in at No. 3. But even though it’s been knocked out of the top spot, Avengers: Age of Ultron is continuing to deliver worldwide, as the movie has not only earned $372 million domestically over these past three weekends, its $156.3 million opening in China this week has brought the international total to $770.5 million. While seeing a drop in its numbers, Avengers: Age of Ultron was leagues ahead of its nearest competitors: Reese Witherspoon/Sofia Vergara comedy Hot Pursuit came in at No. 4 with $5.7 million, while Furious 7 soldiered along in its second month of release, rounding out the Top 5 with $3.64 million.
But how did the other movies do at the box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
1. Pitch Perfect 2 ($70.3 million)
2. Mad Max: Fury Road ($44.4 million)
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron ($38.8 million)
4. Hot Pursuit ($5.7 million)
5. Furious 7 ($3.64 million)
6. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 ($3.6 million)
7. The Age of Adaline ($3.2 million)
8. Home ($2.7 million)
9. Ex Machina ($2.1 million)
10. Far From the Madding Crowd ($1.3 million)
Did you hit up the theaters this weekend? If so, what did you see? And what movies are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!
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