‘Pitch Perfect 2′ box office: Movies by women for women work

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Ladies of ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Cruise Right Past ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ at Box Office.

The ululating ladies of Pitch Perfect 2 outpaced the desert warriors of Mad Max: Fury Road with a spectacular $70.3m bow to take the top spot at the US box office over the weekend.

In one weekend, it became the highest-grossing Mad Max film of all time and it’s four day return became the biggest opening for a film by its director, George Miller, who also directed Babe: Pig In The City and the two Happy Feet films. Elizabeth Banks’ comedy about an all-female troop of acapella singers overtook the $65m haul pulled in by previous instalment Pitch Perfect in just three days. The return of the popular Road Warrior character, this time played by Brit Tom Hardy, opened at the top of the Australian box office this weekend, earning $6.19m on 542 screens across its opening weekend. Starring Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Ester Dean, the sequel sees the women of Barden University forced to enter an international competition to restore their reputation after Wilson’s Fat Amy suffers an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction during a high profile performance.

Crowds for “Pitch Perfect 2” (Universal Pictures) were 75 percent female; “Fury Road” (Warner Bros.) played to audiences that were 70 percent male. Fury Road has benefited from the best reviews of the year so far for a genre movie, with a remarkable 98% “fresh” rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

But critical praise will now need to translate into strong word of mouth if Miller’s film is to pick up the pace rather than falling off in its second week. Controversy over the movie’s supposed feminist credentials and position of Charlize Theron as a virtual co-lead may or may not help it surpass its core fanboy audience. Hollywood saw a similar scenario play out in 1999 with the sequel “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.” The first “Austin Powers” movie took in $54 million domestically over its entire 1997 run.

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. The top five was rounded out by Reese Witherspoon / Sofia Vergara buddy comedy Hot Pursuit, with another $5.7m in fourth for a two-week total of $23.5m, and blockbuster street racing sequel Fast & Furious 7, with another $3.64m in its seventh week for a total of $343.7m in fifth.

For the weekend, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Disney) was hot on the heels of “Fury Road,” taking in about $38.8 million, for a three-week domestic total of $372 million, according to Rentrak, which compiles box office data. A version of this article appears in print on 05/18/2015, on page C3 of the NewYork edition with the headline: u2018Pitch Perfect 2u2019 Cruises Past u2018Mad Max: Fury Roadu2019.

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