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'Pitch' Perfectly Tunes Out 'Mad Max' - Week 3

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Pitch Perfect 2
Mad Max: Fury Road
Hot Pursuit

When people think of summer movies, they usually think of action films, special effects, stunts, car chases, grip strength, and the sweaty men who fill them. I guess now we can add pitch pipes, harmonizing, a cappella, and the only thing guys are carrying is a tune.

Pitch Perfect 2 hit all the high notes with an operatic $69.2 million opening. Wait, what?! An almost a $70 million opening for a film that's about a girl singing group that's not called Josie and the Pussycats or Spice World? I understood how the geeks were going to inherit the earth, but I didn't realize choir nerds were a part of the equation.

Now, I'm not so completely out-of-touch to know the first film was extremely popular in its post-theater life and even the Hamster Dance had less hits than all the Cups videos on YouTube over the past few years, but in three days Pitch Perfect 2 made more than the first film did in its whole theatrical run! Pitch Perfect made "only" $65 million total in 2012. This new film went an octave higher by $4 million in only three measures, err, days. The only time I can recall a sequel so thumping its original film so quickly was when Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me opened by shagging $54.9 million in 1999 while the first Austin Powers film finished with $53.9 million in 1997... and the fact that I've remember that trivia nugget for 15 years has helped make me the sad strange little man I am today.

FYI, even though Pitch Perfect 2 isn't technically a musical, if it was... it would've been the biggest opening for a musical ever! The current live-action title-holder is High School Musical 3's $42 million in 2008 and in the animated category is Frozen's $67 million in 2013. The only thing odder than Pitch Perfect 2 being such a massive success is that the modern day Ian Ziering, Corbin Bleu, was in a record-setting movie.

So what happened to the return of the 80's post-apocalyptic Mack Daddy Mad Max? This seemed like all things summer films should be. All things considered, a $45.4 million debut for a franchise 30 years removed from a Tina Turner theme song isn't so bad. Mad Max: Fury Road was no Speed Racer and that's a good thing. They might not be popping Champaign, yet if it wasn't for Pitch Perfect 2, the studio would be able to spin a different story about how this is all going to be fine: audiences liked it, it'll have a longer shelf-life than other summer movies, it stands out from other films this summer, adults don't always come out first weekend, etc. Instead, it looks like Mad Max got beat up by a bunch of girls... not that there's anything wrong with that.

The age of the Avenges: Age of Ultron still making money hasn't ended yet. The superhero super sequel still scored a super $38.9 million third weekend for a super $372 million total so far. You know, in hindsight, maybe Jesus' miracle of feeding the 5,000 with just five loaves and two fish isn't such a miracle. Maybe he was just pulling the food out of Hawkeye's quiver.

Hot Pursuit continued to look for anyone who wanted to find it as it dropped almost 60% with a $5.7 million weekend and is now stalled-out with a $23.4 million total. Did you know Reese Witherspoon even Exec Produced this movie? I guess all of her bad decisions don't happen in front of Georgia State Troopers.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Avengers: Age of Ultron - $372 million
#2. Pitch Perfect 2 - $69.2 million
#3. Mad Max: Fury Road - $45.4 million
#4. Hot Pursuit - $23.4 million
#5. n/a

by Matt Neuenburg on 05/19/2015

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hot Pursuit, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2
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