Weekend Box Office
Pitch Perfect 2 shattered expectations as the Bellas raced past the competition to the #1 spot with a gross of $69.22 million. The film’s opening weekend gross has already surpassed the first film’s total domestic gross of $65 million, proving the rising popularity of this series. Also, with Elizabeth Banks at the director’s seat, this is the third highest grossing opening weekend for a film directed by a woman (behind another Universal film, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Twilight). 75% of the film’s earnings this weekend are attributed to female audiences.
Providing counter-programming to the female ensemble movie was the no-less feminist film, Mad Max: Fury Road, which took in $45.43 million. It opened 11% less than 2012’s Prometheus, another series-reviver film with the original director returning, which opened to $51.05 million but still a good outing for Fury Road nonetheless (especially after all those reports of behind-the-scenes troubles).
Avengers: Age of Ultron dropped to third place in its third week of release, grossing $38.86 million. The Avengers held up rather nicely against the Max and the Bellas, now having the fifth highest grossing third weekend of all time. Domestically, the film is up at $372.03 million, which currently makes it the highest grossing movie of 2015 in the US.
Hot Pursuit came in at fourth place with $5.72 million, and Furious 7 closed out the Top 5 with $3.64 million.
Overseas Box Office
Ultron opened in China this past week, and is currently up to $154.09 million, making it the second biggest six-day start in the country. In South Korea, the film brought in $78.9 million and has become Marvel’s biggest film there and also the second biggest Western film released in that market. The film grossed $65.8 million in the UK, the biggest live-action film since 2012’s Skyfall. It’s making major bank in other territories, and its last major market should be Japan, when it opens there on July 4.
Fury Road opened overseas this past week as well to $64 million, with the hot territories being France, UK, and South Korea. Its worldwide total stands at $109 million. Pitch Perfect 2 opened in more overseas markets to a total of $38.3 million. In Australia, its 11 day total is up to $14.5 million, surpassing the first film’s total $13.3 million gross in that territory. Pitch Perfect 2 has now made $107.5 million worldwide.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON HAS JOINED THE 1 BILLION DOLLAR CLUB. The film hit the $1 billion mark last Friday, and with a domestic total of $372 million and an international total of $770.5 million, the film has now made $1.142 billion dollars worldwide. It’s currently the 8th highest grossing movie of all time, behind Marvel Studios’ own The Avengers (3rd highest) and Iron Man 3 (7th highest), and Disney’s Frozen (6th highest). It’s also the second highest grossing movie of the year, behind Furious 7 (4th highest grossing movie of all-time).
Pitch Perfect 2 is Elizabeth Banks’ first feature film, so with those domestic opening weekend numbers, it has become the second highest grossing opening weekend for a feature film debut, behind Robert Stromberg with Maleficent last year.
Furious 7 ended its run in China with $390.5 million, making it the highest grossing movie of all-time in China.
Finally, Mad Max: Fury Road just became mastermind George Miller’s highest grossing opening weekend, knocking out the first Happy Feet movie. It’s also the highest grossing opening weekend for a Tom Hardy film not directed by Christopher Nolan.
I really suck at predictions but here goes another week of trying:
1.) Pitch Perfect 2
2.) Mad Max: Fury Road
4.) Avengers: Age of Ultron
Be sure to leave your predictions for next week’s Top 5 down in the comment section, and let us know where you think Avengers: Age of Ultron will finish on the highest grossing movies of all-time list.