Box Office Wrap Up: The Chick Flick Is Back

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 Box Office Wrap Up May 15-17, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2 Box Office Wrap Up

This summer’s Box Office has been dominated by testosterone laden films, such as Furious 7 and The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, both of which raked in record-setting amounts of cash.

I thought this week we would see much of the same with Mad Max: Fury Road premiering (based on the trailer) but as in any relationship, there is a give and take. Female audiences ( three-quarters of the ticket sales) went out in droves, and likely took their counterparts as well, to see Pitch Perfect 2.   It’s hard to think of a better counterpoint than Pitch 2  to the aforementioned films.

Pitch Perfect 2  certainly found its voice amidst the other summer blockbuster, raking in  $70.3 million and crushing its projected $50 -$55 million opening mark, and surpassing the first Pitch PMad Max Fury Road box officeerfect (which grossed a total $65 million domestically during its entire theatrical run.)

So life has been good for Universal lately, who also had Furious 7 open to $147 million in April and has Jurassic World on tap in June, and The Minions movie batting clean-up in July.  Both should be massive hits for the studio.

 

Mad Max: Fury Road was no slouch either, though, taking in $44 million despite having both an R rating and a long layover between films in the series.  Mad Max was fueled by great critical reviews and a solid ad campaign to get people in the theater, but it still failed to rise above its projected $40 -$45 million range. A win is a win though, and I am curious to see what next weekend drop off may be as word of mouth on this film travels.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (read our review here) is still attracting moviegoers at an impressive clip, earning $38.8 million and passing the 1 billion mark globally.

Hot Pursuit and Furious 7 round out the top 5 with $5.8 and $3.6 Million respectively. The real shocker is that Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 hung on at #6 with 3.6 million, which defies all logic.

 

1. Pitch Perfect 2, $70.3 million.

2. Mad Max: Fury Road, $44.4 million.

3. Avengers: Age of Ultron, $38.8 million.

4. Hot Pursuit, $5.8 million.

5. Furious 7, $3.6 million.

6. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, $3.6 million.

7. The Age of Adaline, $3.2 million.

8. Home, $2.7 million.

9. Ex Machina, $2.1 million.

10. Far from the Madding Crowd, $1.3 million.

 

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