Newswire: Weekend Box Office: America marches indifferently into Tomorrowland

Now that America’s postwar sense of optimism has been replaced with a bitter cynicism about the future—or perhaps because a movie based on a theme park is what passes for a bold original concept in today’s blockbuster landscape—moviegoers went to see Tomorrowland over the holiday weekend, but they weren’t all that jazzed about it. Brad Bird’s new movie just barely beat Pitch Perfect 2 to secure the No. 1 spot, pulling in an estimated $40.7 million to the a capella sequel’s $37.9 million over the four-day holiday weekend. (America’s enthusiasm for “pitch” puns remains strong, apparently.) This was below projections for the $180 million movie, which could reflect either audiences’ secret preference for sequels and remakes or that maybe considering anything less than an Avengers-style $200 million opening weekend a “disappointment” is unsustainable. Which lesson studio executives are …

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