The two openers are pegged to end the weekend with around $40 million each at the domestic box office in the wake of widespread marketing campaigns and solid reviews. The frame will be highly competitive, with the third weekend of Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” projected to come in around the same range.
“Pitch Perfect 2,” which began showings Thursday night at 7 p.m., comes three years after the original debuted with an impressive $115 million worldwide. The sequel, which carries a $29 million pricetag, marks the feature directorial debut of Elizabeth Banks, with Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson reprising their roles.
George Miller’s fourth “Mad Max,” starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, is opening three decades after the third entry, “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.” Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow financed the $150 million tentpole.
“Fury Road” opened slightly above the $3.6 million taken in Thursday previews by three other recent sci-fi titles: “Prometheus,” “World War Z” and “Pacific Rim.”
“Pitch Perfect,” rated PG-13, is playing at 3,472 locations. “Mad Max: Fury Road,” rated R, will open at 3,702 sites.
“Fury Road” is also launching in 68 international markets this weekend. France and Australia opened impressively on Thursday with a combined $3 million.
Disney-Marvel announced Friday that “Ultron” was crossing the $1 billion mark in worldwide grosses since its April 22 launch.