“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!