The musical comedy about an all-female a cappella group is coming off a mighty debut weekend in which it grossed $69.2 million, besting the entire $65-million domestic theatrical run of the original
"Tomorrowland," which stars George Clooney and relative newcomer Britt Robertson, opened in nearly 4,000 theaters. Filmgoers have graded the film a B, according to audience polling service CinemaScore, while reviews have been decidedly mixed; the movie received a 50% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Los Angeles Times'
Inspired by the themed land inside Disney's theme parks, as well as Walt Disney's promising vision of a technologically enhanced future, "Tomorrowland" had been cloaked in secrecy prior to its release.
Audiences were essentially split evenly between men and women, and families constituted about 30% of those who saw the film.
The film is expected to gross an estimated $26.7 million in foreign markets this weekend, which would bring its global total to about $58.9 million.
This year's Memorial Day box office has been considerably slower compared with recent years. "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" -- like "Tomorrowland," a Disney film inspired by the company's theme parks -- holds the Memorial Day weekend record. It opened in 2007 with $139.8 million in the U.S. and Canada.
This weekend's other newcomer, MGM and Fox 2000's remake of the 1982 cult classic "Poltergeist," was on track to open in fourth place with about $23 million for Friday through Sunday -- besting modest studio projections. The film has been pummeled in reviews, receiving only a 33% Rotten Tomatoes fresh rating; it has been turning off audiences as well, reflected in a CinemaScore grade of C-plus.
In third place was holdover "Mad Max: Fury Road," the
That number represented a 47% drop from its opening weekend. After Monday numbers are reported, the film should be near the $100-million mark domestically.
Disney's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" was tracking for fifth place with $20.1 million through Sunday. The film this weekend should cross the $400-million mark domestically.