Box Office: ‘Tomorrowland’ Takes No. 1 with $41.7 Million, But Faces Uphill Battle
Tomorrowland got off to an iffy start for the Memorial Day Weekend. Now, the final numbers are in for the holiday weekend, and…well, it’s not much better than it was yesterday.
With Monday’s ticket sales factored in, Tomorrowland is now officially one of the worst Memorial Day Weekend debuts for an all-audience tentpole release. While the movie still opened at No. 1 with $41.7 million, this still counts as a miss for Disney, as the film opened well below projections. Headed by George Clooney and Britt Robertson, Tomorrowland suffered from generally middling reviews, and a low amount of overall audience buzz. No newcomer has done this poorly on Memorial Day since Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which opened to $37.8 million on this same weekend in 2010. To make matters worse for Disney, Tomorrowland was unable to overcome its competition internationally, as both Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road performed better in some territories, such as the United Kingdom. In short, Tomorrowland is facing an uphill battle if Disney is going to make any money off of the movie. On a budget of $190 million, it’s looking seriously unlikely Disney will end up anywhere other than in the red on this.
On the plus side for Disney, Avengers: Age of Ultron is still doing stellar business, despite the onslaught of the summer movie season. The Marvel blockbuster rounded out the top five by taking the No. 5 spot, and surpassing $400 million domestically in the process. This brings Avengers: Age of Ultron to a worldwide gross of $1.263 billion. This marks the seventh-best worldwide showing in movie history, taking the spot from fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe juggernaut Iron Man 3.
Still, even with blockbusters like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Furious 7 continuing to perform well, overall Memorial Day box office revenue was down by over 15 percent vs. this same weekend last year, and is the worst since 2010, which had nothing but the aforementioned Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Sex and the City 2 to hold down the fort (whereas we had X-Men: Days of Future Past last year bringing in a massive $90.8 million on its own!).
Meanwhile, Pitch Perfect 2 remained strong in its second weekend, taking the No. 2 spot with $38.5 million for a domestic total of $126 million. Internationally, the movie added $15.2 million to its overseas total from last weekend, bringing the movie to a global haul of nearly $190 million over two weekends.
Mad Max: Fury Road held steady at No. 3 with $32.1 million domestically, and an extra $38.2 million internationally to bring its total to a strong $219.8 million so far. This was just enough to keep ahead of the $26.5 million debut for horror remake Poltergeist, which boasted one of the youngest audiences of any film in theaters this weekend. Almost 60 percent of moviegoers were under the age of 25, with 55 percent of those people being females, which makes this a fairly big success for Poltergeist. The movie still has a bit of a ways to go before it recoups its $35 million budget, but it shouldn’t be impossible for this film to turn a profit.
But how did the rest of the movies do at the weekend box office? Check out the Top 10 movies below:
2. Pitch Perfect 2
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron
6. Hot Pursuit
7. Far From the Madding Crowd
8. Furious 7
9. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2