Universal's comedy about the travails of an all-female a cappella group performed above studio expectations, while the $16.8 million that
"Pitch Perfect 2" is the sequel to the 2012 film, which introduced moviegoers to a zany group of female singers including aspiring producer Becca (
The new film, directed by
"Pitch Perfect 2," which cost $29 million to make, is benefiting from positive word of mouth, and has a 68% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an audience grade of A-, according to CinemaScore, which tracks moviegoers' reactions on opening night.
"Mad Max: Fury Road," is no slouch in those departments either. The modern reboot of the popular George Miller franchise that propelled the unknown Australian actor
Friday marked the first day that "Avengers: Age of Ultron" was dethroned from the top box office seat. The Marvel tentpole, directed by Joss Whedon, surpassed the $250-million mark in eight days, making it the third-fastest film to do so behind its predecessor, "Marvel's the Avengers," which reached that milestone in six days after its release in 2012, and just behind 2008's "The Dark Knight."
Rounding out the top five at the box office Friday were Warner Bros.' "Hot Pursuit" ($1.8 million) and Lionsgate's "The Age of Adaline" ($1 million).