Weekly Box Office Round-Up: Tomorrowland Makes Money Today

This weekend, Tomorrowland and Poltergeist opened in theaters. Let's take a look at this past weekend's box office. Note- these numbers are for the three day weekend, not the four day Memorial Day weekend. 

#1 Tomorrowland- $33,028,165

On its opening weekend, Tomorrowland came in first place. This was a pretty slow weekend, and a disappointing haul for the film. On an almost $200 million dollar budget, $33 million for an opening weekend is not a good sign. Maybe it will stick around in the top 5 for a while and maybe approach breaking even, but I think Tomorrowland is ultimately going to be the big flop of the summer. It's sad too, since this is an original piece by director Brad Bird. However, it seems like the blame can be put more on the marketing. I never really bought into the film, and I said for a while that I didn't think it was going to make bank. Unfortunately for the movie, I was right.

#2 Pitch Perfect 2- $30,811,800

In its second week, Pitch Perfect 2 came in second place. Last week, this film surprised everyone and took top spot, making more money in its opening weekend than its predecessor did in its entire domestic run. The movie is now edging towards $200 million worldwide in just two weeks, something no one really expected. I guess it won't be too long until we hear about a Pitch Perfect 3 getting greenlit. As we approach the bigger summer releases, we'll have to see how it fares at the box office. I have a feeling it may stick it out in the top 5 for a little while before dying off. But we'll have to wait and see.

#3 Mad Max: Fury Road- $24,639,262

In its second week, Mad Max: Fury Road came in third place. I wouldn't nearly go as far to say that this movie bombed, but it hasn't been doing terribly well. On a $150 million dollar budget, it's made $94 million domestically. Luckily, it's made more worldwide, bringing it up to $240 million. To factor in theater costs and marketing, it'll probably have to make around $300 million to break even, but I think it should be able to do that. The question then becomes how profitable after it breaks even will it be? We'll have to wait and see. You can read our review of the film here, as well as my special interview with Andrew Germishuys, who worked as an armorer on the film, here

#4 Poltergeist- $22,620,386

On its opening weekend, Poltergeist came in fourth place. I was so close in predicting this week's box office. I got the first three places right, but I said Avengers: Age of Ultron would come in fourth and Poltergeist would be in fifth, but they are actually reversed. For a low budget horror remake like this film, it had a pretty decent opening weekend. I don't think Poltergeist is going to go on to make hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office, but I think it will end up doing pretty well for itself. We'll have to see how it plays out.

#5 Avengers: Age of Ultron- $21,691,697

In its fourth week, Avengers: Age of Ultron came in fifth place. So far, it is the biggest domestic release of the year, having made over $400 million so far. Worldwide, it has crossed the $1 billion dollar mark. It seems like Age of Ultron will end up being one of the biggest releases of 2015, and could end up beating out The Avengers, which is the number three highest grossing film of all time, having made $1.5 billion. Age of Ultron is currently number six, sitting behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 and Furious 7. I think it's definitely possible it will either beat out The Avengers or get right behind it. You can read our review of the film here, as well as my main problems with the movie here

To re-cap, #1 was Tomorrowland, #2 was Pitch Perfect 2, #3 was Mad Max: Fury Road, #4 was Poltergeist and #5 was Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Next week, the Bradley Cooper comedy Aloha and the Dwayne Johnson disaster film San Andreas open in theaters. I think San Andreas will take top spot with Tomorrowland in second. 

What do you think of this past weekend's box office? What will be number one next weekend? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate 
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