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In June 2014, the female-fueled The Fault in Our Stars trumped Tom Cruise-starrer The Edge of Tomorrow at the North American box office in a surprise upset.
Nearly a year later, many are wondering if the same thing will happen again when Pitch Perfect 2 opens opposite Mad Max: Fury Road May 15. Tracking suggests both films will open in the $40 million range, but many believe Perfect 2 could exceed expectations, thanks to younger females.
And don’t count out Avengers: Age of Ultron, which could likewise pull in $40 million in its third weekend. Through Tuesday, the Disney and Marvel Studios tentpole has grossed north of $923 million globally and should cross the $1 billion mark by Thursday.
Universal spent a modest $29 million to make the sequel to Pitch Perfect, a sleeper hit that grossed $113 million in fall 2012. Pitch Perfect 2 marks the feature directorial debut of Elizabeth Banks, and stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld (Steinfeld is a new addition).
Director George Miller‘s R-rated Mad Max sequel, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, could also prove a wild card, thanks to glowing reviews (it currently sports a 98 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow spent a pricey $150 million to produce the movie, which opens 25 years after Miller’s cult classic hit theaters.
Mad Max is tipped to do big business overseas, where it plays out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival May 16, timed to its international rollout this weekend across much of the world — in 68 territories (minus Japan and China).
Pitch Perfect 2 also makes an international push, opening in 27 markets this weekend after pulling in a hearty $8.8 million last weekend in Australia (Wilson’s home country) and New Zealand.
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