Box Office: ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Races Past ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ With Outstanding …

18 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Mad Max’ good, ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ better at box office.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The ladies of “Pitch Perfect 2″ hit all the right notes opening weekend, amassing a $70.3 million debut, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

The Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers, who return in the film Pitch Perfect 2, have found a way to cram even more songs per square airwave in their mash-ups. The Elizabeth Banks-directed sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit and video-on-demand phenomenon cost Universal Pictures only $29 million to produce and was expected to open in the $50 million range. Elizabeth Banks’s comedy about an all-female troop of a capella singers overtook, in just three days, the total $65m haul pulled in by the previous Pitch Perfect film. The first film, for comparison, grossed only $65 million domestically across its entire run. “It’s aca-awesome,” said Universal Pictures’ President of Domestic Distribution Nick Carpou, using one of the catchphrases of the film about a cappella singing. “We knew that the film would be a success, but there’s something that happens when movies grow in their success beyond a range that’s easily predictable. Starring Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Ester Dean, the sequel sees the women of Barden University enter an international competition to restore their reputation after Wilson’s Fat Amy suffers an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction during a high-profile performance.

When that happens, the sky’s the limit.” Audiences for the musical comedy starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson were 75 percent female and 62 percent under the age of 25, according to Universal. Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller’s return to the post-apocalyptic Aussie badlands, 30 years after 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, managed a respectable $44.4m in second place. George Miller’s critically acclaimed “Mad Max: Fury Road” landed a distant second in its debut weekend with a solid and expected $44.4 million from 3,702 locations.

However, Riff Off starts with an enjoyable rendition of the Thong Song and cycles through a dizzying array of booty-praising tunes in a short span, losing its head to its own ingenuity. Fury Road has benefited from the best reviews of the year so far for a genre movie, with a 98% “fresh” rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. But critical praise will need to translate into strong word of mouth if Miller’s film is to pick up the pace at the box office, rather than fall off in its second week. Some internet controversy over the movie’s supposed feminist credentials and position of Charlize Theron as co-lead may help widen itsappeal beyond its core fanboy audience. Elsewhere on the chart, superhero sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron continued to perform impressively, taking third spot with another $38.8m in its third week of release.

It was the perfect release strategy for two very different, high-profile films … it really paid off handsomely.” After opening in China six days ago, the “Avengers” sequel brought in $185 million internationally in its fourth weekend. The top five was rounded out by the Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara buddy-comedy Hot Pursuit, which took $5.7m and fourth position, for a two-week total box-office of $23.5m, and the blockbuster street racing sequel Fast & Furious 7, in fifth place, which took another $3.64m in its seventh week, for a total of $343.7m.

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