‘Pitch Perfect 2’ beats ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ to top of US box office

Musical comedy sequel has already grossed more than the original 'Pitch Perfect' film in the US

Pitch Perfect 2 has comfortably beaten Mad Max: Fury Road to the top of the US box office.

After being released on Friday (May 15), the musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson raked in an impressive $70.3m (£44.7m) over its opening weekend. Its three-day total exceeds the $65 million (£41 million) that the original Pitch Perfect film earned in the US during its entire 2012 cinema run. Nick Carpou of distributors Universal called Pitch Perfect 2‘s opening weekend “pretty amazing”, adding that: “People loved the first movie and it resonated well beyond that $65 million that the first film did”.

Mad Max: Fury Road, which revives director George Miller’s dystopian action franchise after a three-decade hiatus, opened in second place with takings of $44.4m (£28.3 million). The R-rated blockbuster starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron has a hefty $190 million (£120 million) budget to recoup, but Dan Fellman of distributors Warner Bros. said that he remains confident the film will prove an ongoing box office draw in the US, the world’s most lucrative movie market.

“It’s a film where there’s a lot of applause at the end of the movie,” Fellman explained. “A lot of people coming to the movie went purely on the reviews. The conversation about it is so strong about what an incredible ride this is that it’s going to propel us right into the meat of the summer.”

Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron finished in third place in the US this weekend, adding another $38.8 million (£24.8 million) to its total US box office takings. Joss Whedon’s sci-fi blockbuster has now raked in over $1.14 billion (£730 million) at cinemas worldwide, placing it eighth on the all-time list. Whedon’s original 2012 Avengers film sits at third on the all-time list with takings of $1.52 billion (£970 million).