The estimated weekend box office numbers are in and they’re pretty positive for both opening films.
Pitch Perfect 2 scored an estimated $70.3 million dollars, which is more than impressive for Universal Studios and its stars. The studio knew that they hand a hit on their hands when the first film closed out its worldwide box office total with $115 million on a $17 million dollar budget.
I’m actually quite surprised with how high the second film opened, especially seeing as how the first one rolled out with a much smaller release and gross.
George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road took the number two spot with an estimated $44.4 million dollars. Not bad for an R-rated action-packed cult-classic sequel that has been gathering an excessive amount of positive reviews, but also slightly troubling when realizing that the budget is rumored to be in the $150 million dollar range.
I hope strong word of mouth keeps the film playing and hopefully worldwide grosses help it get closer to making back its budget, because the film really is one of the best action flicks of the last decade and one of the best theatrical experiences of 2015 so far.
Read my review right here.
The rest of the box office was lead by Avengers: Age of Ultron coming in number three with $38.8 million dollars, while Hot Pursuit bagged the number four spot with $5.7 million dollars.
I’m glad to see Avengers holding its own despite the immediate action competition from Mad Max and the family-friendly competition from Pitch Perfect 2.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Furious 7 tied for number five and six with an estimated $3.6 million. Both films have been performing pretty steadily, despite such strong competition.
The Age of Adaline ($3.2 million), Home ($2.7 million) and Ex Machina ($2.1 million) trailed close behind with respectable numbers, while Far from the Madding Crowd settled at the number ten spot with $1.3 million.