Although initial estimates pegged Pitch Perfect 2 as the returning box office champion this weekend, it actually went in a slightly different direction.
According to the analysts at Variety, Disney’s new film Tomorrowland, directed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney, scraped by the competition with a $32.2 million debut. Considering the near-$200 million budget put forth by Walt Disney Pictures, this is perceived as a lackluster debut for the latest from the director of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and The Incredibles, who also co-wrote the film along with Damon Lindelof. The story of the film, influenced by Walt Disney’s vision of a utopia exemplified by his EPCOT concept, concerns a world created so that the best minds on Earth could help to formulate a brighter future for all of humanity.
Reviews of the film may have also led to a somewhat anemic box office performance, with Tomorrowland currently standing at 49% on Rotten Tomatoes with critics, and a 62% approval rating from audiences.
In a very close second place is last week’s champion, the sequel Pitch Perfect 2. That film’s take this weekend amounted to just over $30 million, with a take closer to $37 million expected by the end of the Memorial Day holiday.
Adding to Tomorrowland‘s woes are a pretty weak take at the international box office, with receipts standing at just over $26 million in those markets. This will make the film’s ultimate profitability a more protracted road than initially thought, as analysts had expected the film to take in at least $50 million by the end of Memorial Day. That outcome is all but extinguished, now.
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