The Barden Bellas are back with a vengeance. Pitch Perfect 2 is officially the biggest movie musical opening ever, making more in its debut weekend than the first movie earned in its entire theatrical run.
Debuting to an estimated $70.3 million, Pitch Perfect 2 surpassed High School Musical 3 to become the biggest movie musical opening of all time. That’s well above the first Pitch Perfect’s entire theatrical total of $65 million. This isn’t unheard of (The Spy Who Shagged Me also opened to more than the first Austin Powers made during its entire theatrical run), but it’s still pretty rare — and it’s a testament to just how popular Pitch Perfect has become since the first one left theaters.
Pitch Perfect 2 wasn’t the only big opening this weekend. Mad Max: Fury Road debuted in second place. This R-rated, post-apocalyptic tale has earned rave reviews, and while it wasn’t expected to break any box office records, it still brought in a solid $44.4 million.
Meanwhile, Avengers: Age of Ultron made $38.8 million in its third week, bringing its global total to an estimated $1.143 billion and making it the eighth highest-grossing film of all time. That means Disney has released four of the top eight highest-grossing films, three of which are from Marvel Studios.
Hot Pursuit took fourth place, making about $5.8 million in its second week, and Furious 7 earned about $3.6 million in its seventh week, putting its worldwide total at about $1.489 billion.
Here are this weekend’s top five at the box office:
1. — $70.3 million
2. — $44.4 million
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron $38.8 million