Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Box Office: “Pitch” Perfect With $70 Mil, Sings Loud Over “Mad Max”


“Pitch Perfect 2” turned out to be more post-apocalyptic than “Mad Max: Fury Road” this weekend. Despite excellent reviews, the Charlize Theron-Tom Hardy “Max” finished third for the weekend behind the gleeful singers of “Pitch” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“Pitch” did $70 million, while “Max” did $44.4 million.

I did see “Mad Max” last night, and loved it. It’s gorgeous, too– amazing cinematography, plus set design over the top. The actors make their characters– who don’t have much dialogue or back story per se, worth watching. Especially fun are the supermodels on the run as a Greek chorus including Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough (in real life daughter of Lisa Marie and granddaughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley), Courtney Eaton, and Abby Lee. Nicholas Hoult is a stand out. He must have had a lot of fun shooting the film!

For director George Miller, “Fury Road” with $44 million is a total boffo success. He can easily make two more of these with Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy. Warner Bros. gets a nicely rebooted franchise out of it. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Banks scored with “PP2” and should have no trouble making a third one before this franchise goes to TV.

What a nice weekend for summer studio movies!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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