Hot-Pursuit

Hot Pursuit, Warner Bros.

As expected, Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron held onto the number one spot at the box office – tighter than Thor’s mighty grip on his hammer – with a killer domestic haul of $77.7M and $313.4M to date. And though the film had a steeper than expected 59.4 percent drop from last weekend, Ultron still had the second highest second weekend in Hollywood history (behind the first Avengers take of $103M in 2012). So, I imagine the only tears flowing in the Marvel universe right now are tears of joy.

And though second place finisher Hot Pursuit hoped to ride the counter-programming wave to box office glory, the Reese Witherspoon/Sofia Vergara female buddy comedy took in a solid $13.9M instead. And while that might not be anywhere near the opening take of the last female-driven action comedy, Fox’s The Heat (which opened in second place with $39.1M in 2013) Pursuit more than doubled the $6.1M opening take of the film that started it all, 1991’s Thelma and Louise – so, hope springs eternal.

And speaking of eternal, number three finisher, the time-tripping The Age of Adaline, is turning out to be something of a sleeper hit for Lionsgate with a weekend take of $5.8M, totalling $31.7M to date. Like Pursuit’s Witherspoon and Vergara, Adaline’s star Blake Lively has been working the talk show circuit non-stop and it’s definitely helping to keep Adaline fever alive.

D-Train

D-Train, IFC Films

Also opening this weekend was IFC’s dark, high school-reunion comedy The D Train. Starring Jack Black, James Marsden, Mike White and the suddenly white-hot Kathryn Hahn, D Train – which IFC picked up for $3M after a heated bidding war at the recent Sundance Film Festival – opened with $447.5K on just over 1,000 screens.

5-Flights-Up

5 Flights Up, Focus Features

Elsewhere on the specialized front Focus Features’ later-in-life downsizing comedy 5 Flights Up opened on 87 screens with a tidy $238.4K. Based on Jill Ciment’s 2009 novel Heroic Measures, 5 Flights stars Oscar-winners Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton as aging Brooklyn hipsters looking to sell their walk-up apartment of 30 years amidst the swirling chaos of the NYC real estate market. Hoping to build momentum for the film with a slow roll out over the next few weeks, Focus is counting on the massive appeal of the veteran stars to reel in the art house set. The fact that Ciment’s hugely-popular novel was named one of Oprah’s 25 Books of Summer when it was released in 2009 doesn’t exactly hurt either.

Complete Box Office Results – May 8 – 10, 2015

Title/Studio Weekend/Total Gross
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron/Disney $77.7M/$313.4M
2. Hot Pursuit/Warner Bros. $13.9M
3. The Age of Adaline/Lionsgate Films $5.8M/$31.7M
4. Furious 7/Universal $5.4M/$338.5M
5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2/Sony $5.3M/$58.1M
6. Ex Machina/A24 $3.5M/$15.7M
7. Home/Fox $3M/$162.1M
8. Woman in Gold/The Weinstein Company $1.7M/$27M
9. Cinderella/Disney $1.6M/$196.2M
10. Unfriended/Universal $1.4M/$30.9M

Tomás Romero is an award-winning writer/producer from Los Angeles.