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Pitch Perfect 2 beats Mad Max: Fury Road in US to top box office

Pitch Perfect 2

Story by Jack Foley

ELIZABETH Banks’ Pitch Perfect 2 has set one of the top openings of all time for a non-blockbuster release in the US, thereby beating Mad Max: Fury Road to the top spot at the box office.

The a capella sequel took a massive $70.3 million at the US box office thanks to a strong female turnout in cinemas, earning more than twice its $29 million budget in just three days – and more than the first Pitch Perfect grossed in its entire run ($65 million).

The success of the sequel over-shadowed George Miller’s return to the Mad Max franchise with the Tom Hardy starring Fury Road – although that was no slouch, raking in $44.4 million, which is high for an R-rated film.

And combined, the two new releases helped deliver the biggest pre-Memorial Day weekend of all time ($183.4 million) in the US.

Mad Max did beat Pitch Perfect 2 in one respect: when taking into account its international debut, the film took a total of $65 million from 68 markets, putting its global debut at $109.4 million, compared with Pitch Perfect 2‘s $38.1 million from 29 markets for a world total of $108.4 million.

Coming in third for the weekend in the US was Disney’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which picked up $38.8 million to bring its US total to $372 million and its international total to $770.5 million.

The superhero film opened in China this week, pulling in $156.3 million in its first six days in the country, which marks the second-biggest weekend of all time at the China box office.

Back in the US, and rounding out the top five, were Reese Witherspoon-Sofa Vergara comedy Hot Pursuit, which came in fourth with $5.7 million, and Fast & Furious 7, which came fifth with $3.64 million to bring its US total to $343.7 million.

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