'Pitch Perfect 2' Beats 'Mad Max: Fury Road' At Weekend Box Office & Is 'Pitch Perfect 3' Finally Confirmed?
In the 2011 hit track "Run The World (Girls)", Beyonce posed the question: "Who run the world?" Obviously the answer was a resounding "GIRLS!" Beyonce lyrics aside (although I'm always more than happy to wax poetic about Queen Bee), there was plenty of girl power to sing about in regard to the past weekend's box office roundup. After an agonizingly long wait, our favorite Barden Bellas returned to the big screen with Pitch Perfect 2 (starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and returning members of the original cast along with newcomer Hailee Steinfeld) on Friday, May 15. Despite the fervor surrounding the anticipation of the Pitch Perfect sequel, the a cappella pros were up against some aca-mazingly stiff competition, with Mad Max: Fury Road — starring Tom Hardy and costarring Charlize Theron — also making its cinematic debut.
Apparently, Pitch Perfect 2 hit more than a few high notes with critics and fans alike, as the movie crushed the box office in its opening weekend, "snagging first place on the charts with a smashing $70.3 million debut" according to Variety. The original Pitch Perfect made less its first weekend, at $65 million, making the sequel's instant smash success all the more impressive. Although Fury Road was unable to beat out the musical comedy's numbers this weekend, it still made an impressive debut, raking in $44.4 million.
After riding high for weeks atop the box office charts, the wildly successful Avengers: Age Of Ultron was knocked out of the top spot to third place due to the female-helmed sequel's success. Another comedy infused with plenty of girl power is Hot Pursuit, starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, and debuted in theaters on Friday, May 8; this weekend the comedy sat at fourth place on the charts, taking in $5.8 million.
As aca-awesome as the news of Pitch Perfect 2's success is, the excitement doesn't end there. According to Universal's domestic distribution chief, Nick Carpou, the film's positive reception makes it poised to turn into a trilogy. In other words, Pitch Perfect 2 hardly serves as the Bellas' swan song. When asked if there would be a Pitch Perfect 3, Carpou said, "Yes, how's that for subtle?"
I said it once and I'll say it again: aca-awesome! Let's just hope we don't have to wait as long for the third installment as we did for the sequel.
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