‘Pitch Perfect 2’ tunes out ‘Mad Max’ and ‘Avengers 2’ to take weekend box office

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In somewhat of a stunning upset, musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2 outdueled both Mad Max: Fury Road and Avengers 2: Age of Ultron to capture the top spot at the weekend office.

With $70 million earned, a number that tops its predecessor’s entire theatrical run of $65 million, the ensemble a capella heavy comedy starring Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick made easy work of its closest competitor, Mad Max: Fury Road, which opened at $44 million. Fury Road, the first new movie for the franchise in more than 30 years, more or less met the expectations of a strong top three open as predicted by experts. Marvel’s  Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron fell to No. 3 but still mustered a strong $38 million to push its domestic take beyond Furious 7‘s. Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara’s buddy film, Hot Pursuit, placed fourth this week with $5.7 million in sales. And rounding out the top five, holding down the fifth spot for the second consecutive week was Kevin James’ Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which earned an additional $3.6 million

For the full weekend top 10, check out the list below.

1. Pitch Perfect 2 – $70M

2. Mad Max: Fury Road $44M

3.  Avengers 2: Age of Ultron  $38M

4. Hot Pursuit  $5.7M

5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 $3.6M

6. Furious 7   $3.6M

7. The Age of Adaline $3.2M

8. Home$2.7M

9. Ex Machina  $2.1M

10. Far From the Madding Crowd  – $1.3M

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