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Tomorrowland: A World Beyond beats Pitch Perfect 2 to US top spot


Story by Jack Foley

GEORGE Clooney’s Tomorrowland: A World Beyond has debuted at the top of the US box office but without hitting the till-ringing heights that are now expected with a Disney blockbuster.

The film only narrowly displaced Pitch Perfect 2 from the summit, with an estimated three day debut of $32.2 million and a four-day launch of $40.7 million. The final figures won’t be revealed until tomorrow, at the end of the Memorial Day weekend, but they look set to fall some way behind initial projections and hopes for a film that cost an estimated $180 million to produce.

Directed by Brad (The Incredibles) Bird, the film follows Clooney as an inventor who takes a spirited teen (played by Britt Robertson) to an alternative reality known as Tomorrowland that may, ultimately, hold the key to saving the present world. It was inspired by the Disney theme park of the same name and is based on a script from former Lost scribe Damon Lindelof.

Heading into the weekend, Tomorrowland was expected to hit nearer $45 and $50 million. It means that Memorial Day box office weekend was expected to be down by 18% on the previous year, when “X-Men: Days of Future Past”: opened to $90 million.

But unlike last year, the US box office has enjoyed a lucrative start to the year with several titles over-performing, which means that trade remains buoyant with several massive titles still to open.

Pitch Perfect 2, meanwhile, continued to perform well, especially with female audiences. Having over—performed in its first weekend, it still raked in a further $30.3 million for the three days, with a four-day projected gross of $37.9 million.

Mad Max: Fury Road also held well, slipping to third in its second weekend, with $23.8 million (for the three days), which left another of the weekend’s new releases, the remake of horror classic Poltergeist to come in fourth. Nevertheless, the Gil Kenan directed reboot fared better than expected with $23 million, for a projected four day total of £27.7 million.

And Disney juggernaut Avengers: Age of Ultron rounded out the top five with $20.8 million, which is now expected to jump the $400 million mark at the US box office on Sunday. It has also now grossed $860 million internationally, including $210 million in China, for a global haul of $1,263 billion, the seventh best showing of all-time.

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