Weekend box office: Tomorrowland and Pitch Perfect 2 battle it out

It looks like it’s going to be a tight race at the Memorial Day weekend box office, but right now, it appears TOMORROWLAND is going to take the top spot, despite some pretty negative reviews from the critics.  When words like “fascism” are used to describe the dream world your film has created, it’s probably not a good sign, especially when it’s about a family film.  Even though it might finish in the top spot, I can’t imagine that Disney is happy with $30+ million on TOMORROWLAND’s opening weekend.  But you know who is happy?  Everyone involved with PITCH PERFECT 2.  After taking the top spot last weekend, it’s actually challenging TOMORROWLAND for the top spot this weekend.  Long weekends are hard to predict, but it wouldn’t shock me if PITCH PERFECT pulls ahead after Sunday’s totals are done.  The other new movie of the weekend was the POLTERGEIST remake, which somehow managed to haul in $25 million.  That doesn’t seem like much for a summer horror movie, but given the competition and the complete lack of interest in the movie, I’d say $25 million is impressive.

Next weekend will probably belong to The Rock as SAN ANDREAS hits theaters.  People love disasters and people love to see The Rock save the day even more.  We also get the Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone starring and Cameron Crowe directed ALOHA, but unfortunately, I don’t see it competing with the big boys of summer.  May 30th is just a bad date to release a movie like that, but I’m guessing the studio is banking on Cooper’s star power.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final and are for the three day weekend.

1. Tomorrowland $34.3m

2. Pitch Perfect 2 $33.2m

3. Mad Max: Fury Road $27.4m

4. Poltergeist $25.1m

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron $21.1m

6. Hot Pursuit $3.3m

7. Far From The Maddening Crowd $2.4m

8. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 $2.3m

9. Furious 7 $2.2m

10. Home $2m

(Deadline)

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