'Pitch Perfect 2' Outpaces 'Mad Max' to Top the Weekend Box Office


Rebel Wilson in Universal Pictures' "Pitch Perfect 2" (Universal Pictures photo).

LOS ANGELES - Universal's musical comedy "Pitch Perfect 2" topped the weekend box office, besting the "Mad Max" reboot "Mad Max: Fury Road" with $69.2 million on its opening weekend.

The Elizabeth Banks-directed sequel and her directorial debut, topped the $65 million earned by the original 2012 film. The film is the the third biggest opening for a female director, just behind Catherine Hardwick’s 2008 film, “Twilight” ($69.6 million) and Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “50 Shades of Grey” ($85.2 million). The film stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” was in second place with $45.4 million just slightly better than the $44.4 million that Warner Bros. had originally predicted, Variety reported.

The Disney/Marvel "Avengers: Age of Ultron" continued strong with a third place weekend showing with $38.86 million for a three-week total of $373.03 million.

The rest stacked up this way:

4. "Hot Pursuit" (Warner Bros.) $5.72 million, for a two-week total of $23.45 million

5. "Furious 7 " (Universal) $3.65 million, $343.78 million

6. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" (Sony) $3.54 million, $62.87 million

7. The Age of Adaline" (Lionsgage) $3.22 million, $37.0 million

8. "Home" (Fox) $2.55 million, $165.50 million

9. "Ex Machina" (A24) $2.09 million, $19.56 million

10. "Far from the Madding Crowd" (Fox Searchlight) $1.25, $2.58 million

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