Tomorrowland rules the box-office while Poltergeist moans
Walt Disney Studios has reclaimed the box-office throne this week, this time with the epic-fantasy film “Tomorrowland.” The sci-fi blockbuster was one of two films set to open over this Memorial Day weekend, and stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie. With a popular cast and a few weeks of marketing behind the film, the project earned over $32M for Disney over the film’s debut weekend, making it the number-one film across the nation.
In “Tomorrowland” a former boy-genius and a scientifically advanced teen find themselves connected to a mysterious place, existing in another dimension outside of their own reality. The film was directed by Brad Bird, working off a screenplay he wrote with Damon Lindelof.
Dropping from number-one to number-two this weekend was the Universal Pictures film “Pitch Perfect 2,” starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld. Over the weekend the film earned an additional $30M for the studio, bumping the film’s running domestic total to just under $118M.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ high-octane film “Mad Max: Fury Road” earned the number-three spot on the box-office charts this weekend. The film earned an estimated $23.8M over the weekend. The film, starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, has earned over $87.3M since it was released in theaters earlier this month.
For the horror-thriller crowd, the “Poltergeist” reboot also released this weekend. The film came from 20th Century Fox and stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Kennedi Clements. The remake was directed by Gil Kenan and is based on the popular Steven Spielberg story. The screenplay was written by David Lindsay-Abaire. Unable to break the top-three, the film earned an estimated $23M across the country during its opening weekend, taking the fourth-spot overall.
Dropping to fifth-place this week was another Disney film, the hit comic-book sequel “Avengers: Age Of Ultron.” Even with two new films available to American audiences the film managed to earn an additional $20.8M this weekend. That raises the film’s domestic total to just over $404M to date.