Weekend Box Office: TOMORROWLAND Takes the Lead; FURY ROAD Holds Well

Tomorrowland Top Spot

Budgeted at $190 million, Disney’s Tomorrowland was hoping for something north of $50 million, but the Brad Bird-directed movie starring George Clooney disappointed with $32.2 million debut.

The fantasy-adventure flick received a “B” CinemaScore from audiences, but it did manage to pull in enough movie goers to secure the No. 1 spot over a slow Memorial Day weekend. The live-action adventure is expected to pull in $40.7 million for the four-day period. If the studio hopes to break even on the film it needs a huge boost from the overseas market. I guess they didn’t learn from John Carter, Prince of Persia and The Lone Ranger.

Pitch Perfect 2 dropped 56%, coming in a close second with an estimated $30.3 million this weekend domestically. A movie budgeted at $29 million scored $187 million worldwide in just 10 days, which I admit sounds like quite an achievement for Universal.

The big-budget Mad Max: Fury Road brought in $23.8 million, good enough for No. 3. It is a solid result, but with a budget of $150 million Warner Bros.’ apocalyptic adventure has a lot of ground left to cover.

Opening in fourth place was the weekend’s other new wide release, Poltergeist. The Fox/MGM horror reboot pulled in $23 million from 3,240 locations. It received a “C+” from CinemaScore and earned a 34% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the film cost an economical $35 million to produce.

Avengers: Age of Ultron rounded out the top five with $20.9 million and driving its stateside haul to $404.1 million.

Next weekend sees the release of The Rock‘s San Andreas along with Cameron Crowe‘s Aloha. Until then, check out the Rentrak top-10 list and see where estimates currently stand:

Rentrak Estimates List

How is Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 still making money and still be in the top 10, that is just mind boggling to me.