On the big-screen the Barden Bellas may be the heroic underdogs but at the box-office this weekend, they were the hands-down favorites to take the top-spot across the country. Universal Pictures debuted ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ over the weekend and the film soared past the competition with $70.3M in domestic ticket-sales. The musical sequel was directed by funny-woman Elizabeth Banks this time around, who once again co-stars in the film in a minor role. Taking center-stage in the musical comedy are Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld and Brittany Snow.
The Bellas easily won the box-office, despite opening across some high-octane competition. Also opening over the weekend was the highly-anticipated film ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ from Warner Bros. Pictures. The long-awaited follow-up in the ‘Mad Max’ film took second-place overall with $44.4M across the country in ticket-sales. The film, from writer director George Miller, stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult.
The two-new openers dropped Disney’s summer blockbuster from number-one to number-three this weekend. The popular comic-book film ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ from Marvel earned an additional $38.8M across 4,276 locations this weekend. That brings the Marvel film to just over $372M across the country since its May first release date. Joss Whedon directed the second-installment to the popular ‘Avengers’ franchise.
A distance fourth-place went to another Warner Bros. film, ‘Hot Pursuit,’ with $5.8M this weekend. The buddy-comedy stars Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara and Matthew Del Negro and was directed by Anne Fletcher. The film still managed to hit approximately 1,903 screens across the country, but didn’t manage to break-into the top-three this week.
Still managing to hold-on to one of the top-five spots this weekend is Universal’s other popular summer film ‘Furious 7.’ The action-blockbuster landed in fifth-place this weekend with $3.6M domestically. That brings the film’s running domestic total to just over $343.7M since the film was released back in April.