Weekend Box Office
San Andreas inspired a slew of earthquake pun headlines with its big opening weekend. People clearly love the Rock as the film grossed $54.6 million in its opening weekend. This is the Rock’s biggest opening weekend to date (in films where he’s not part of an ensemble), so we’ll definitely be seeing more of him and his muscles. It’s also interesting to point out that slightly more women went to see the film than men (51% W to 49% M).
Pitch Perfect 2 hit the number 2 spot with $14.82 million. The film is doing really well on the domestic front, and is currently 30% ahead of last year’s Universal comedy Neighbors. It’s total domestic gross is now at $147,521,860. However, don’t expect it to remain in the Top 3 since it has major competition with Spy coming out this week.
Although the reason Tomorrowland failed wasn’t because it was an original sci-fi movie, it does really hurt the future of original sci-fi movies being produced. The film took in a disappointing $14.3 million over the weekend. Its total domestic gross is $63.1 million.
Mad Max: Fury Road is holding up quite well amongst all these new blockbusters (deservedly so, since it’s practically one of the best action films). The film grossed $14.18 million, and is now at a total of $115 million domestically. I foresee it sticking around the Top 5 until Jurassic World opens, which is commendable for an R-rated blockbuster to do during the packed summer season.
Avengers: Age of Ultron closes out the Top 5 with a solid $11.4 million gross. The film has been in theaters domestically for one whole month now, and has brought in $427.55 million total.
Outside of the Top 5: Cameron Crowe’s Aloha opened to $9.7 million. Surprisingly, it has a shot at doing better than his last film, We Bought a Zoo.
The rest of the world definitely felt the Rock’s new movie hitting theaters, as San Andreas grossed $63.9 million overseas, debuting at the top spot in most of the markets it was released in.
Sadly, Tomorrowland isn’t doing so well overseas either, as it grossed $23.7 million this past week. The film had already opened in 88% of the available territories yet it’s only at $133.2 million worldwide.
Mad Max: Fury Road ($21.6 million), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($17.6 million), and Pitch Perfect 2 ($10.1 million) all made some bank over the weekend overseas, but surprisingly the film that would walk away making the most would be the animated film Doraemon Stand By Me with a massive opening weekend in China of $33.74 million.
Spy made $8.99 million overseas this weekend. Its current, pre-North American release, total is at $27.75 million.
Ultron definitely failed at tearing apart the Avengers, because with $1.32 billion worldwide, Avengers: Age of Ultron has now become the second highest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe film and the sixth highest grossing film of all time. It should surpass Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($1.42 billion), but the question is if it will pass the recently released Furious 7 ($1.50 billion) and its predecessor The Avengers ($1.51).
Domestically, Avengers: Age of Ultron just joined the Top 10 of the all-time domestic grosses, replacing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It probably won’t go past the #8 film, The Dark Knight Rises, which grossed $448.1 million domestically.
Shout out to Diego Crespo for taking over Box Office Roundup for me last week. He only got 1 out of his 5 predictions right, but hey, that’s the fun in predictions. That being said, let’s get right to it.
2.) Insidious: Chapter 3
3.) San Andreas
4.) Pitch Perfect 2
5.) Mad Max: Fury Road
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