‘Pitch Perfect 2’ leaves ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ in the dust

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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ leaves ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ in dust.

“Pitch Perfect 2,” Universal Pictures’ sequel to the 2012 comedy about an all-girls a cappella group, claimed the top spot at theaters on its North American debut this weekend, far outselling the first installment.This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, Anna Kendrick as Beca, in a scene from the film, “Pitch Perfect 2.”(Photo: Richard Cartwright/AP Photo) LOS ANGELES — 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 film, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson opened with sales of $70.3 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, Rentrak Corp. said Sunday in an e-mailed statement. 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. Photo: RICHARD CARTWRIGHT/Universal Pictures via Associated Press Heading into the weekend, analysts expected the sequel to premiere in the $40 million range.

That topped forecasts and beat the $44.4 million opening for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a critically acclaimed Warner Bros. reboot of the 1980s dystopian action film that propelled Mel Gibson to fame. Jones wields, among many pieces of heavy weaponry, a flamethrower as Rictus Erectus, the massive son of villainous overlord Immortan Joe (played by fellow Aussie Hugh Keays-Byrne). 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. He lived to tell us about his experience: “I had fuel being sprayed all over me and no one could see what was going on and I eventually got their attention.They cut me loose and got me out of the way just in time, no problems. Its animated July feature “Minions,” spun off from “Despicable Me,” is forecast to be the No. 2 hit of the season. “We’re on track for a record-breaking summer and the strong box-office performances of ‘‘Pitch Perfect 2,’’ which drew females under 25, and ‘‘Mad Max,’’ drawing males over 25, are stepping stones on the path to that record,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a media analyst with Rentrak.

I guess there’s a sick side to me.” Jones loved the original Mad Max as a kid, so he was admittedly biased on the fact that Mel Gibson was his favorite Mad Max OF ALL TIME. Fellman said that many of the showings ended with applause, only adding to the hope that word of mouth will contribute to a lengthy and successful run. “Each film absolutely found its target audience,” Dergarabedian said. “They were running on parallel tracks, and both exceeded expectations by not cannibalizing each other.

This weekend’s performance is the second-highest debut for a movie directed by a woman, after Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which Universal released in February. After going toe to toe with Tom Hardy in the new one, however, the former WWE pro wrestler and powerlifter might have a new choice after some fight scenes: “I don’t mind mixing it up and taking a few hits here and there to make everything look nice and crisp. 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 dystopian movie, filled with extended car-chase scenes as Max and Furiosa flee an evil ruler across a post-apocalyptic desert, is the fourth of the “Mad Max” franchise that originally starred Mel Gibson in the 1970s and 1980s. “Fury Road” was distributed by Time Warner Inc.

Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. In “Fury Road,” Tom Hardy takes on the role of Max Rockatansky, roaming a barren desert when he is caught up with Imperator Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron. He really surprised me.” “The hydraulics and the brakes and the steering failed, it jackknifed a bit and I ended up landing on top of the blower and smashed my head.

With a mechanical arm, shaved head and face covered in grease, Furiosa is a rebel, fleeing the warlord Immortan Joe, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne, who controls a citadel and starts a new road war that engulfs Max.

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