Disney's Tomorrowland has certainly seen less success. The $190 million sci-fi extravaganza opened poorly in its debut frame, and plummeted 58.2% to third place this weekend. The film took in $13.8 million and has grossed a total of $63.1 in the US. For an original sci-fi film, that's not terrible, but with that budget, Disney needed something much, much better. The repercussions of this disappointment are already being felt on the Disney lot, with Tron 3 being shelved by the Mouse House.
Mad Max: Fury Road, on the other hand, is definitely not a disappointment. George Miller's 3D postapocalyptic epic rolled into theaters off a wave of terrific buzz, and in the weeks since its opening, the film has been incredibly impressive. Fury Road finished in fourth place this weekend, and pulled in another $13.6 million. The fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise has now grossed an astonishing $115.9 million. Look for a final total around $150 million.
Just behind Fury Road was Disney's Avengers: Age of Ultron, which grossed $10.9 million in its fifth weekend of release. The superhero sequel's total now stands at $427 million and it's likely that the film will climb to $450 million. Certainly lower than the original, but still mighty impressive. In sixth place was Cameron Crowe's Aloha, the only other major release of the week. The Hawaii-set romantic comedy grossed $10 million, which is probably not what Sony was hoping for. However, in the aftermath of incredibly negative buzz from leaked Sony emails and horrific reviews (17% on Rotten Tomatoes), the studio couldn't have had huge expectations for this film. And with a poor "B-" Cinemascore, it's likely that Aloha will tap out around $30 million.
Poltergeist was the only other film that made much money this weekend, grossing $7.8 million in seventh place. The poorly received horror flick has now made $38.2 million. Not much, but then again, the film didn't cost more than $30 million to make. Poltergeist should finish around $55 million. Far From the Madding Crowd, Hot Pursuit and Home rounded out the top ten.
Next weekend sees the release of Entourage on Wednesday, Spy and Insidious- Chapter 3. It should be a big weekend. Here are my predictions:
1. Spy- $51.5 million
2. Insidious- Chapter 3- $36 million
3. San Andreas- $24.9 million
4. Entourage- $13 million ($18 million Five-Day)
5. Mad Max: Fury Road- $8 million
6. Pitch Perfect 2- $7.7 million
7. Tomorrowland- $6.8 million
8. Avengers: Age of Ultron- $6.6 million
9. Aloha- $4.9 million
10. Poltergeist- $4.5 million