Although Max and Furiosa put up quite a fight, they couldn’t quite best the return of the Barden Bellas.
According to Box Office Mojo, Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2 won the weekend at the box office with an impressive debut of $70.3 million. Coming in at second place was George Miller’s critically acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road, which bowed domestically with a debut of $44.4 million. Avengers: Age of Ultron has dropped to third for a weekend take of $38.8 million, losing some of its early steam, but still having managed to cross the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office in just 17 days.
Compared with the original Pitch Perfect film in 2012, its sequel has managed to earn more in its debut than its predecessor’s entire theatrical run, which grossed only $65 million domestically. Performance on home media is what spurred the production on the sequel, and it looks like the studio properly gauged audience desire for a second outing of the ensemble group, with strong box office receipts bolstered by its generally positive critical reception. The film reunites stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Williams, and Brittany Snow from the first film. It also, notably, marks the directorial debut of actress Elizabeth Banks, and also currently ranks as the second highest opening ever for a female director, just behind this year’s Fifty Shades of Grey, which was directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
While Mad Max: Fury Road wasn’t quite as successful this weekend, the $44.4 million take results in a solid debut for the fourth film in a franchise that hasn’t been on the silver screen since the release of 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Bolstering all of this is the immensely positive critical reaction to the finished film, with a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 98% from critics, and 92% from audiences.
Many of the reviews are littered with words like “glorious,” “dazzling,” “imaginative,” and even “hallucinatory,” with a general consensus being that it’s one of the most visually inventive and bold films of the last several years. Working against it this weekend may be some element of brand familiarity, as well as an R-rating which could prevent some from taking it in. While it has some ground to cover before it heads into solidly profitable territory, word of mouth will likely help Fury Road to be ultimately successful.
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