The Sun Didn't Really Come Out For 'Tomorrowland' - Week 4 | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Pitch Perfect 2 | Mad Max: Fury Road

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The Sun Didn't Really Come Out For 'Tomorrowland' - Week 4

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

Memorial Day Weekend is often the super weekend of the whole box-office season. Three whole days of making money hand-over-CGI fist. The box-office hits of Memorial Day Weekend become a thing of legend. People remember where they were and who they were with when they saw Return of the Jedi, Jurassic Park 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (the all-time Memorial Day Weekend champ with $139.8 million), and, of course, Earnest Goes To Camp. However, when it all goes wrong, as it did five years ago with the double dud of Prince of Persia and Sex in the City 2, it turns this hallowed holiday into Flag Day... as in Wave the White Flag Day.

Tomorrowland managed $40.7 million over four days. That doesn't sound as terrible as a Nick Jonas song on the surface, until you remember last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past made $122.9 million and 2013's Fast & Furious 6 made $117 million over the same span. So, yeah, only off by 66%. No one's going to have a problem with that... Unless you had it in your Top Five. The good news is that Disney doesn't have to spend the money to make a new attraction to go along with their movie, since they already made one for it 60 years ago. You know, back when George Clooney was still single.

The other new film this weekend was actually an old film. The Poltergeist remake made $27.7 million which is pretty acceptable for a film that probably cost a tenth of Tomorrowland's $200 million budget. While the remake is on my, "Eh, maybe I'll see it at the discount theater in four weeks" list of interest, it would be curious to see how they handle the 1982 original's use of having static on TV to communicate with the next world. Nowadays, with our 24-hour filled TV channels, when would they have time to talk to the dead? I'm pretty sure Hotter Sex Now, Bye Bye Turkey Neck, and Shark Vacuum aren't the "TV People" Carol Anne was talking to.

Pitch Perfect 2 kept whistling a happy tune with $38.5 million over the four-day weekend. The a cappella acrobats have yet to coda with already $126 million in their refrain. With all the disdain thrown dance and hip-hop's way for getting rid of real musicians for all loops and samples, where's the same grief given to these a cappella groups? There's some kids out there who've driven their parents nuts for years with their drum kits practicing till all hours of the night, and then a couple of Doug E. Fresh wannabes puts them all out of work with a simple hi-hat sound. It's an outrage!

Mad Max: Fury Road kept to the high ground only falling 45% with a $32.1 million haul over the long weekend. That's a very respectable decline and one that might mean it'll bring in more than Pitch Perfect 2 next week. I doubt there's any way it's current $95.5 million total will catch the choir girls finale, yet at least it wasn't a one-and-done crash that's happened numerous times before with ill-fated summer box-office films.

Avengers: Age of Ultron topped $400 million in its fourth weekend and $500 million certainly looks in play as it still assembled $27.8 million this weekend. It's $411 million total has put it in the Top 15 highest grossing films of all-time and I'm sure it'll move further up that list even by next weekend. The Age of Ultron may not be as memorable as the Age of Aquarius, but it would be really fun to see a mash-up movie made of Avengers: Age of Adaline.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Avengers: Age of Ultron - $411 million
#2. Pitch Perfect 2 - $126 million
#3. Mad Max: Fury Road - $95.5 million
#4. Tomorrowland - $40.7 million
#5. Hot Pursuit - $29.1 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 05/27/2015

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