The other new release of the weekend was Fox's Poltergeist. The $35 million horror picture took in $27.7 million, which is a decent debut. I'm honestly not sure if it was a good idea to open so close to Insidious- Chapter 3, but Poltergeist is also not a very good movie, so that certainly didn't help things. Critics weren't enthusiastic and neither were audiences- the film was awarded a terrible "C+" Cinemascore. With a plethora of other films in the marketplace, I doubt that we'll hear much about Poltergeist again.
Avengers: Age of Ultron rounded out the top five with a very solid $26.7 million. The box office phenomenon crossed the $400 million mark this weekend, and it's total now stands at $409.9 million. It pales in comparison to the original film, but Age of Ultron is doing just fine on its own. The film should close with around $475 million in the US.
Next weekend, we'll see the debut of two new films- Dwayne Johnson's disaster blockbuster San Andreas and Cameron Crowe's Aloha. Here are my predictions:
1. San Andreas- $37 million
2. Pitch Perfect 2- $19.5 million
3. Mad Max; Fury Road- $17 million
4. Aloha- $14.8 million
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron- $14.6 million
6. Poltergeist- $12 million
7. Hot Pursuit- $2 million
8. Far From the Madding Crowd- $1.9 million
9. Furious 7- $1.4 million
10. Home- $900K