Box Office: ‘Tomorrowland’ Beats ‘Pitch Perfect 2’, But Still Disappoints
The Memorial Day Weekend isn’t over just yet, but it seems we’re on tap to having a new No. 1 movie at the box office, albeit with a disappointing caveat.
The Incredibles director Brad Bird teamed with Disney again to create another box office hit, but while Tomorrowland pulled ahead of Pitch Perfect 2 at the Memorial Day box office, the movie pulled in a disappointing three-day debut of $32.2 million. This puts the film on track for a four-day debut of $40.7 million, which is a borderline catastrophe when you consider that this is a movie that had a budget of $190 MILLION.
Of course, we won’t know for certain until final numbers from Monday’s sales are factored in. But overall, it’s not looking good for Disney, or for the motion picture industry in general, as the discouraging numbers for Tomorrowland, and other hits like Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road, resulted in an 18 percent drop in overall revenue from last year. In its debut, Disney had expectations of a weekend gross of between $45-$50 million, which would have put it on-track not only to beat Pitch Perfect 2, but to have staying power through word of mouth and broad family appeal. But now? Things aren’t looking so hopeful, especially since Pitch Perfect 2 seems to be the film with the stronger word of mouth, at the moment.
In its second weekend, Pitch Perfect 2 earned $30.3 million, for a projected four-day gross of $37.9 million. This would bring its North American haul to well over $125 million, while its international gross has soared thanks to this weekend’s $15.2 million earnings from 37 markets. With a foreign total of $61.7 million, Pitch Perfect 2 is on-track to brings its worldwide haul up to a healthy $187 million worldwide through Memorial Day.
That said, even with the iffy numbers for Tomorrowland, this has been a fantastic summer movie season for Disney so far. Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to surpass the $400 million milestone in North America this weekend, making it the first film to do so since the one-two punch of Frozen and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, both of which were released in November 2013. Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to finish at No. 5 this week, just behind No. 3 finisher Mad Max: Fury Road, and No. 4 placement Poltergeist, which debuted with $23 million, on a budget of $35 million.
We’ll be back with final numbers when they’re released! Until then, let us know what you’ve seen, what you plan on seeing, and what you’re most looking forward to at the theaters this summer in the comments.