Pitch Sequel Conquers “Max” At Box-Office

Despite some incredible reviews, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” and even Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” were no match for the female-fueled “Pitch Perfect 2” at the weekend box-office.

The Elizabeth Banks-directed musical sequel pulled in a massive $70.3 million at the North American box office from Friday to Sunday, making it one of the top openings of all time for a non-tentpole.

Budgeted at a mere $29 million, that opening is not only more than twice its cost but already pushes the film past the entire $65 million domestic gross of the first film. Opening in twenty-nine markets overseas, the film managed a world total of $108.4 million.

The new “Mad Max” came in second place with a solid $44.4 million. The question now is can the film sustain itself in coming weeks? With a budget said to be well over $150 million, it will need to hang in there for a while but the film’s B+ CinemaScore is not the best sign of that happening. Overseas it fared better though with a lovely $109.4 million worldwide opening.

‘Ultron’ in its third weekend slipped to third place with a further $38.8 million and a $372 million domestic total. The film opened in China this week and scored $156.3 million in its first six days, helping push the overseas (NOT global) total to $770.5 million.