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‘Tomorrowland’ nets a soft $42.7 million holiday debut

This photo released by Disney shows, George Clooney, as Frank Walker, in a scene from Disney's "Tomorrowland." The film releases in U.S. theaters May 22, 2015. (Film Frame/Disney via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney’s original fantasy adventure “Tomorrowland” ended up earning slightly more in its debut than Monday estimates suggested with $42.7 million across the holiday weekend.

While that’s within the range of what the studio and analysts predicted going into the four-day weekend, it’s going to be an uphill battle for the film starring George Clooney to make up its reported $180 million production budget.

Holdovers “Pitch Perfect 2” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” experienced modest drops in their second weekends in theaters and took the second and third place spots, while “Avengers: Age of Ultron” added another $28.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $411.4 million.

Fox’s “Poltergeist” remake opened in fifth place with $26.3 million — slightly more than expected for horror film, which cost only $35 million to produce.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Tuesday by Rentrak:

1. “Tomorrowland,” Disney, $42,679,200, 3,972 locations, $10,745 average, $42,679,200, 1 week.

2. “Pitch Perfect 2,” Universal, $38,252,200, 3,560 locations, $10,745 average, $125,738,795, 2 weeks.

3. “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Warner Bros., $31,287,441, 3,722 locations, $8,406 average, $94,717,720, 2 weeks.

4. “Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” Disney, $28,198,906, 3,727 locations, $7,566 average, $411,369,385, 4 weeks.

5. “Poltergeist,” 20th Century Fox, $26,341,432, 3,240 locations, $8,130 average, $26,341,432, 1 week.

6. “Hot Pursuit,” Warner Bros., $4,585,038, 2,577 locations, $1,779 average, $30,030,278, 3 weeks.

7. “Far From The Madding Crowd,” Fox Searchlight, $2,992,810, 865 locations, $3,460 average, $6,155,415, 4 weeks.

8. “Furious 7,” Universal, $2,834,135, 1,653 locations, $1,715 average, $347,723,320, 8 weeks.

9. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” Sony, $2,639,058, 1,878 locations, $1,405 average, $66,456,767, 6 weeks.

10. “Home,” 20th Century Fox, $2,477,568, 1,444 locations, $1,716 average, $168,792,497, 9 weeks.

11. “The Age Of Adaline,” Lionsgate, $1,966,497, 1,643 locations, $1,197 average, $40,355,912, 5 weeks.

12. “Ex Machina,” A24 Films, $1,808,566, 896 locations, $2,018 average, $22,379,637, 7 weeks.

13. “Tanu Weds Manu Returns,” Eros Entertainment, $1,271,751, 136 locations, $9,351 average, $1,271,751, 1 week.

14. “Woman In Gold,” The Weinstein Co., $1,195,930, 662 locations, $1,807 average, $30,700,880, 8 weeks.

15. “Cinderella,” Disney, $556,356, 356 locations, $1,563 average, $197,998,802, 11 week.

16. “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” Bleecker Street, $379,411, 26 locations, $14,593 average, $454,384, 2 weeks.

17. “Get Hard,” Warner Bros., $344,367, 255 locations, $1,350 average, $89,362,050, 9 weeks.

18. “Where Hope Grows,” Roadside Attractions, $342,876, 221 locations, $1,551 average, $971,395, 2 weeks.

19. “The Longest Ride,” 20th Century Fox, $342,722, 329 locations, $1,042 average, $36,856,747, 7 weeks.

20. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” Lionsgate, $317,368, 266 locations, $1,193 average, $128,734,480, 10 weeks.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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